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Work Release Inmate Found; Facing Escape Charge

A missing work release inmate has been found a couple of counties away.

Alcola Wright was last seen Monday morning after leaving his job at a Duplin County poultry processing plant.

Police officers spotted him in downtown Elizabethtown around 6:00 p.m. and took him into custody without any problems.

Wright was serving a minimum sentence of 13 years and 25 days after being convicted as a habitual felon for breaking into vehicles, property cheating and larceny. He was due for release on Aug. 10.

Wright was returned to New Hanover Correctional Center and will face an additional charge of escape.


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State correction officials are searching for a missing work release inmate.

The Department of Correction says Alcola Wright was last seen around 7:30 to 8:00 Monday morning at the House of Raeford processing plant in Wallace.

Wright, a work release inmate, was serving a minimum sentence of 13 years and 25 days after his conviction as a habitual felon for breaking into vehicles, property cheating and larceny. He was due for release on August 10th.

Anyone who has seen Wright or has information on his whereabouts should call local law enforcement or New Hanover Correctional Center at 910-251-2666.


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