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October 23, 2012

Authorities find believed escapee on prison grounds

FORT SUPPLY - An inmate who was believed to have possibly escaped from William S. Key Correctional Center around noon on Tuesday was later found still on prison grounds.

According to W. S. Key Warden's Assistant Linda Eike, Calvin L. Lee was not present for a pre-lunch count.

His absence prompted prison staff to put the facility on lockdown while they conducted a secondary count, Eike said.  And when he still wasn't accounted for, the prison issued a statement that his escape had been confirmed as of 1:06 p.m.

However, Eike said that upon additional searching Lee was found "within bounds of the facility."  He was located around 2:40 p.m., she said.

Eike said she didn't have additional information as to where exactly within the prison grounds he was located.

When The News spoke with Eike around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, she said she believed that Lee was being interviewed about the incident by other prison officials.

But since it wasn't an actual escape, she said she didn't anticipate releasing any additional details about the incident to The News.

In addition, since Lee didn't actually leave prison grounds, Eike said "more than likely (criminal) charges will not be filed."

Instead, she said, "he'll probably get a misconduct for being present in an unauthorized area."

But that doesn't mean that Lee was necessarily found in an area where inmates are not normally allowed, she said.

"He wasn't at his rack for count.  And if he was not there, that's considered being in an unauthorized area," Eike said.

She said that any inmate who is not where they are supposed to be at certain designated times or places can be considered in an unauthorized area.

"If an inmate's supposed to work in the garden and he's found working on the yard crew, then that would be an unauthorized area," she said.

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