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June 7, 2011

UPDATE: Escapee caught in Caddo County

Woodward, Okla. — FORT SUPPLY--An official with William S. Key Correctional Center has confirmed that escapee James W. Morrison was apprehended by law enforcement officials around 11 a.m.

Morrison was caught by the Caddo County Sheriff's Department driving a white Suzuki Sidekick that had been stolen from Fort Supply this morning.

Morrison escaped from the prison sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Linda Eike, warden's assistant at W. S. Key, said the prison conducts "hourly counts from midnight on."

Morrison was accounted for at the 1 a.m. count, but was discovered missing at the 2 a.m. count, Eike said.  A second count was immediately conducted and his escape was confirmed at 2:13 a.m., she said.

Around 6:30 a.m., Eike said that a white Suzuki Sidekick was reported stolen from a residence in Fort Supply.  At that time a broadcast was sent out statewide advising law enforcement officials to be on the look out for the stolen vehicle, she said.

The Caddo County Sheriff's Department was able to catch Morrison after pulling him over in the stolen vehicle, she said.

"As far as I know he was apprehended without incident," Eike said.

She said Morrison was being held at the Caddo County Jail until officers with the prison's Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) could arrive to pick him up and return him to Fort Supply.

It is not known where Morrison was driving to, Eike said, noting "we won't know for sure where he was headed until we get our CERT team down there to interview him."

Morrison was being held at the minimum security prison in Fort Supply on a 15-year sentence for a 2002 conviction from Cleveland County for possession of a stolen vehicle.

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