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Escaped prisoner back in custody

Forks, WA – The escaped prisoner from the  Olympic Corrections Center has been apprehended.

The Department of Corrections issued a statement saying that Mark David Vannausdle was apprehended on Tuesday at a location less than two miles from the facility where he escaped.

That facility is located approximately 10 miles from US 101 and 20 miles from the nearest city.

Officials say Vannausdle was found “safely and without incident” after a search was conducted by the Department of Corrections’ Inmate Recovery Units and others from the Stafford, Olympic, Clallam Bay, and Cedar Creek Corrections Centers. Assistance was also given by regional  law enforcement/

60-year-old Vannausdle escaped from the facility on Sunday morning while en route from his living unit to the dining facility.

Vannausdle had been originally convicted of assault 1 and robbery 1 with firearm enhancements out of Pierce County and had begun serving a 240-month sentence on Sept. 10, 2002. His release date had been tentatively set for Jan. 1, 2021.

Vannausdle will receive a medical assessment, then he will be interviewed and transported to a state correctional facility to likely face additional escape charges.


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