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      Walk away captured

      An inmate who walked away from the Schoolcraft County Jail on Monday evening is back behind bars.

      The 25-year-old man was granted a community service pass to attend counseling at churches in Manistique. He was released at 7:25 p.m. Monday evening and was scheduled to be at the program which began at 7:30 p.m.

      By 7:45 p.m., deputies discovered that the inmate had not shown up.

      A search was started immediately by Schoolcraft County Sheriff's Department personnel, with assistance from Manistique Public Safety, Michigan State Police, and the Sault Tribe Police Department. The man was found just after 10 p.m. Monday evening in a parking lot located on the west side of Manistique.

      As the investigation continues into this incident, the suspect's name is not being released.

      Schoolcraft County Sheriff W. John Norrington states, "This inmate was classified minimum security and was approved by both the courts and I to participate in community service and counseling programs to better himself. Unfortunately, it seems that the opportunity was taken advantage of."

      The sheriff thanks all the agencies that participated in the search and apprehension of this subject for their help in resolving the case.