Miss­ing Arkansas in­mate found hid­ing on prison’s roof

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated Press

BRICKEYS — A con­victed killer who baf­fled Arkansas prison of­fi­cials by seem­ingly van­ish­ing was found Tues­day hid­ing un­der­neath a large ven­ti­la­tion hood on the prison roof.

Author­i­ties had sus­pected that in­mate Calvin Adams didn’t make it past the elec­tric fence sur­round­ing the East Arkansas Re­gional Unit in Brickeys, about 110 miles (177 kilo­me­ters) east of Lit­tle Rock, ac­cord­ing to Arkansas De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions spokes­woman Dina Tyler. The fence can’t be cut, is deadly if touched and has con­crete at its base to pre­vent any­one from dig­ging un­der it, she said.

Sur­veil­lance video showed Adams in the prison’s boiler room at 12:15 a.m. Mon­day and he was miss­ing dur­ing a unit check a few hours later. For more than a day, Adams’ where­abouts were a mys­tery.

“He can’t fly and we don’t be­lieve the aliens plucked him out. So where is he?” Tyler said Tues­day shortly be­fore author­i­ties dis­cov­ered Adams’ hid­ing place.

Tyler later said Adams man­aged to climb onto the roof but was stranded be­cause there was nowhere else to go. She said he was in good health and will be moved to a max­i­mum se­cu­rity area at the 1,650-in­mate prison.

The get­away was not Adams’ first es­cape from cus­tody. Ten years ago, he and an­other in­mate walked out of the Cum­mins Unit, about 90 miles (140 kilo­me­ters) south­east of Lit­tle Rock, wear­ing guard uni­forms and drove away in a car that was left for them in the prison’s park­ing lot. They were ar­rested in New York state four days later.

Adams was con­victed of cap­i­tal mur­der in 1995 in the kid­nap­ping and shoot­ing death of 25-year-old Richard Austin the pre­vi­ous year.

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