Apprehended Inmate Moved From Nelsonville Prison

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The inmate who escaped from custody at a Nelsonville prison has been moved from the facility, according to authorities.

John Modie, 58, was arrested at about 10:50 p.m. without incident at an abandoned Nelsonville gas station by a “joint task force,” according to Jarrod Robinson, spokesperson for the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Ohio Correctional Complex.

ModieThe investigation into the escape is still ongoing, Robinson told WOUB on Tuesday, but Modie has been moved out of the prison that housed him since he was convicted of murder, burglary and escape in 2003.

“He is not currently at the Hocking correctional facility,” Robinson said. “He has been moved to a higher security facility.”

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction sent a release Tuesday morning saying Modie is currently being held in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

“A criminal investigation is currently being conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” the release signed by Grant Doepel, deputy communications chief, stated. “ODRC will conduct a comprehensive review of all policies and procedures relative to the escape.”

Hocking County Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf said she hasn’t been sent any additional charges yet, but because Modie is already incarcerated, investigators may be taking their time with the case.

No other details about the arrest, including if Modie had help in his escape, were released.

He was found, reportedly at a gas station, after leading regional law enforcement including the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a manhunt throughout the day Monday. His escape also caused Hocking College to cancel activities that day.

Modie was reported missing from the facility after an 11 p.m. head count Sunday night, according to a release by Grant E. Doepel, deputy communications chief for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

He is currently serving 18 years to life for killing a woman in Cleveland in 2003.