Inmate Who Escaped Prison Found Dead in the Ohio River, Police Say

Photo Credit: Williams County Sheriff's Office

The body of an inmate, who escaped from an Ohio prison, was found in the Ohio River, reports the NY Post.

Police say inmates Bradley Gillespie, 50, and James Lee, 47, escaped the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio, last Tuesday. 

Police hunted the suspects down and found the two driving in a stolen vehicle. During the police pursuit, the vehicle reportedly crashed and both inmates fled the scene on foot. 

Police managed to apprehend Lee but Gillespie was still at large. After a five-day manhunt, Henderson police announced that they found Gillespie’s body in the Ohio River. According to Henderson Police Department Chief Sean McKinney, a boater on the Ohio River contacted them about seeing

“a body in the water.”

“A preliminary investigation indicates we recovered the body of Bradley Gillespie from the river,”

McKinney said in a statement. 

An autopsy would be administered on the body on Tuesday, according to McKinney. He also added that the amount of decomposition the body exhibited suggests that he had been dead for about four days.

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