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Four South Central Regional Jail facility officers suspended amid escapee investigation

Four South Central Regional Jail facility officers have been suspended without pay as officials continue to investigate after an inmate was able to escape earlier this week. (WCHS/WVAH)

Four South Central Regional Jail facility officers have been suspended without pay as officials continue to investigate after an inmate was able to escape earlier this week.

Todd Wayne Boyes, 44, escaped from the jail about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, wearing khaki pants and a dark green or grey zip-up jacket which he wore to escape by posing as a civilian or trusty, according to a news release from Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Messina said the ongoing investigation is focused on whether the procedure for these counts was followed properly. The procedure involves the lockdown of inmates and the matching of inmates to booking and Offender Information System records, among other measures.

The formal head count conducted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, revealed that Boyes was missing. During the resulting investigation, a review of the facility's security video showed footage of Boyes leaving the facility the previous morning. West Virginia State Police said they did not receive notification he was missing until 12:30 a.m. Friday.

On Friday, Charleston lawyer Kevin Davis said he had alerted correctional officers at the South Central Regional Jail that an inmate had escaped on Wednesday, days before authorities and the public were notified.

Messina said Saturday, "We are aware of the lawyer's allegations, and have included them in our ongoing investigation. Four facility officers have been suspended without pay pending the completion of the investigation. As the investigation remains ongoing, further comment is not expected at this time."

At this time, the names of the facility officers have not been released.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.

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