Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Escaped Inmate seen twice in Wyoming since escape

Authorities say an inmate has been seen twice in Wyoming since he escaped on his way to the Sweetwater County jail. Natrona County Sheriff Gus Holbrook says that Kenneth James Ward was seen in Bairoil north of Rawlins on Monday, about 20 miles from where he first went missing. He is believed to have walked that distance before hitchhiking to Rawlins. The man who gave him a ride called authorities after he dropped him off. Ward fled Saturday evening after the Inmate Services Corp. van stopped near Independence Rock for a restroom break, and Holbrook says the company's two guards decided to search for him on their own before notifying his office. Ward was handcuffed but wasn't wearing leg or belly chains, which would have slowed him down.

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