UPDATED 7:48 p.m. The search is over as an escaped inmate with Summit County ties turned himself in to authorities late today in Ashland, saying he just didn't want to be on the run anymore.
WJW Fox 8 News reporting U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott says James Myers, 47 of Mogadore, walked into a convenience store and waited for police to arrive. Myers is back in Mansfield while Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections conduct an investigation.
Myers had been the target of a statewide manhunt after a 9:00 p.m. bed check revealed he was missing; July 3 was his 47th birthday. State prison officials were not forthcoming with how he escaped during an afternoon news conference.
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(OSHP news release) Officials at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have confirmed inmate James Myers has been apprehended in Mansfield by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 6:42 p.m. without incident. Inmate Myers escaped from the Mansfield Correctional Institution on Wednesday, July 3. Inmate Myers has been returned to the Mansfield Correctional Institution and criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing.
DRC would like to thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Mansfield Police Department, US Marshals Northeast Ohio Fugitive Task Force and the Akron Police Department for the coordinated assistance provided in apprehending inmate Myers, and members of public who provided information throughout the course of the incident.
State Corrections Department officials are searching for an inmate from Summit County who escaped from the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
Prison officials say 47-year old James David Myers turned up missing after 9 Wednesday night.
He's described as a white male. Myers was incarcerated on convictions for rape, aggravated burglary, corruption with drugs, weapons under disability and menacing by stalking in December of 2010.
April Weisner of the Summit County Prosecutor's office tells AkronNewsNow Myer's rape victim is receiving police protection at an undisclosed location while he remains at-large. Weisner says the victim has also been in contact with Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
Weisner says James Myers has been designated a sexually violent offender, with a likelihood of committing the same sexual offense.
Anyone who has seen James Myers is asked to call your local police department or theMansfield Correctional Institution.