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Inmate believed to have escaped found on Indiana prison grounds

May 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Inmate believed to have escaped found on Indiana prison grounds

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Authorities say an inmate, whom they believed had escaped from an Indiana prison located in the northern part of the state, never left the prison grounds.

Westville Correctional Facility Superintendent Mark Sevier revealed that Orville Morris, 35, was discovered Saturday hiding within the heating and air-conditioning ductwork of the penitentiary’s pallet shop.

Corrections officials said the man had crawled into some of the mechanical systems in the ceiling. He was deemed missing during an inmate check on Friday morning.

According to the statement, prison authorities conducted an additional search of the building when they heard a noise.

Morris, who had been missing since Friday was found hiding on the prison’s grounds’

Officers isolated the area and found Morris hiding on a ledge along the building’s industrial HVAC ductwork, Fox32 reported.

Indiana prison officials said when officers discovered the inmate; Morris yelled, “I give up. I give up.”

Morris was serving prison sentences for burglary and had been slated for release in January 2019.

He is now facing additional charges related to his attempted escape.

LaPorte County prosecutors will decide whether he will also face felony charges.

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