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Authorities search for inmate escaped from Cowley County facility

12 Août 2017

Authorities believe they may have spotted the inmate that went missing from the Winfield Correctional Facility north of Douglass.

The man, Lewis Mitchell, 53, was caught just before 5 p.m. Wednesday after a sheriff's deputy saw him hitchhiking along a highway and, after approaching the man, saw him run into a corn field. Herzet said a lot of manpower was needed because of earlier statements made by Mitchell that he wouldn't be taken alive.

Mitchell was described as a black man standing 6-1 and weighing 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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Kansas Department of Corrections records indicate that Mitchell was serving a 27-month sentence after being convicted of felony burglary in 2016.

Butler County, Andover, and Augusta worked with the U.S. Marshall's service on the search. He was last seen wearing a state-issued white t-shirt with blue jeans or gray sweat trousers. Anyone who sees Mitchell is urged to call 911.

Authorities search for inmate escaped from Cowley County facility