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Work release escapee caught

January 6, 2014
Messenger News

A man who failed to return to a Fort Dodge work release facility was recaptured in another state two days after his escape.

Austin D. Runnells, 21, of Fort Dodge, was captured in Jackson County, Minnesota on Sunday.

Runnells had been missing since Jan. 3 after he failed to return to the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility from a job-seeking furlough, according to Department of Corrections Spokesman Fred Scaletta.

Runnells was placed on work release on Nov. 8, 2013, after being placed on parole for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury.



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