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Troopers searching for prisoner who they say escaped Wednesday

West Virginia State Police are continuing to search for Todd Boyes, 43, who they said escaped from the jail Wednesday morning. This photo shows what Boyes looked like at the time he escaped. (Roane County 911 OES)

West Virginia State Police said they were notified that a South Central Regional Jail inmate was missing 43 hours after he escaped the facility.

First Sgt. J.T. Findley said Todd Boyes, 43, of Caldwell, Ohio escaped about 5 a.m. Wednesday. State Police said they were notified at 12:30 p.m. Friday that he was missing. The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said jail staff did not discover he was missing until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Boyes was scheduled to be sentenced to three to 20 years in prison Friday morning for fleeing and possession of a stolen car.

Boyes originally was charged with attempted murder after ramming a police car and injuring an officer. The charge was dropped during a plea deal in September that could have landed him three to 20 years in prison. On Sept. 28, Boyes pleaded guilty to fleeing with reckless indifference to the safety of others, possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police causing bodily injury. The charges followed a February police pursuit where Boyes rammed a Charleston police cruiser after a string of carjackings in Ohio.

Boyes was shot in the hand during a police chase in Kanawha County in February.

On Friday, Kanawha County Circuit Court made a motion to revoke Boyes' bond and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Based on footage from the jail, Boyes escaped wearing khaki pants and a dark shirt. Normally, he would have been wearing an orange jumpsuit.

He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 220 pounds, has a bald head and a clean-shaven face.

Troopers consider him armed and dangerous based on his criminal history, but do not have specific information that he is armed.

The search is not concentrated on any specific area. Troopers currently are following up on leads, but do not have any solid leads on where Boyes is.

Information on Boyes’ escape has been put in the National Crime Information Center.

If you see Boyes, do not approach him. Police advise calling 911 immediately.


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