Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced in a press release Monday afternoon that escaped inmate, John Long, 41, who had walked away from a minimum security work site in Licking, Mo. was caught by the Licking Police Department.
According to the release, the Licking Police Department reported that they captured Long near the intersection of Highway 137 and Highway VV.
"At 5:10 p.m., Cpl. Pat Burton of the Licking Police Department arrived at South Central Correctional Center with escaped offender Long. Long’s identity was verified. He was then taken to the medical department for an examination and was provided with food and water," the press release said.
According to a previous release, Long had "walked away from the grounds of South Central Correctional Center" on January 25, 2018. Long had been assigned to a minimum security unit and left his work assignment, "which is located outside the secure perimeter of the facility."
MDOC said multiple agencies, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), MDC, K-9 Units from Farmington Correctional Center and Ozark Correctional Center, the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a helicoptor were pulled in to help with the initial search, when Long first escaped.
According to the first press release in this story, Long was serving two concurrent six-year sentences for receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary. He has previous convictions for second-degree assault, operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury, possession of a controlled substance, resisting/interfering with arrest, second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor stealing.
MDOC said Long was taken into their custody from Texas County on June 2, 2017 and had a presumptive parole date scheduled for Sept. 14, 2019.