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Escaped inmates caught in Elizabeth City

Posted October 24, 2008 8:49 a.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 12:55 p.m. EDT

— Three inmates who escaped from the Morrison Correctional Institution have been caught, the state Department of Correction said Friday.

Joseph A. Caulder, 20, William D. Bullard, 19, and Richard H. Ames III, 19, were discovered missing from the prison's minimum-custody unit around 7 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. The prison is in Hoffman, about halfway between Rockingham and Southern Pines.

The escapees were believed to have taken a tractor-trailer belonging to the Woodgrain Distribution plant, located a mile or two from the prison.

Ames was arrested by Elizabeth City police officers around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree said.

Shortly before midnight, authorities located the stolen tractor-trailer and found Caulder and Bullard inside, Acree said. They were arrested without incident.

The inmates face felony escape charges, plus charges in the theft of the truck.