A 50-year-old man has managed to escape from a satellite camp at the Leavenworth Penitentiary, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The incident occurred on Thursday at approximately 4 p.m.
The man, identified as James Thompson, was found to be missing during routine checks. Thompson is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs around 202 pounds. The U.S. Marshals and the FBI have been made aware of his escape from the minimum security facility at USP Leavenworth.
Thompson had been serving a sentence of 80 months for mail fraud in the Northern District of Georgia. It is unclear how he managed to escape or if there were any security breaches that led to his escape.
Authorities are currently conducting a search to locate Thompson and return him to custody. The details of the search operation have not been made public at this time.
The Leavenworth Penitentiary is a federal prison located in Leavenworth, Kansas. The prison houses inmates from various security levels, ranging from minimum to maximum security. The satellite camp where Thompson escaped from is a lower-security facility designed to accommodate inmates who pose a lower risk to society.
The U.S. Department of Justice has not released any further information regarding the escape or the ongoing investigation.