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Prison Escapee

Posted December 3, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— A search is on for a convicted felon who escaped from the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. Police say the woman they're looking for, Joy Williamson, was serving time for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

They say they believe Williamson scaled the fence behind the Raleigh facility. The fence was topped with razor wire, so police say she may be injured.

Corrections officials believe someone was waiting for Williamson in a car and may have assisted in her escape between 6 and 7 p.m. Monday. Her absence was discovered during a 10 p.m. inmate check.

Williamson is a white female, 22-years-old, five feet six inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue prison shirt. She was serving a 44-to-62 month sentence and was considered a medium custody inmate. The facility houses minimum, medium and maximum security female inmates.

Prison spokeswoman Cynthia Butler says officials hope someone will see Williamson and contact authorities.

Williamson is from the Jacksonville area of North Carolina. She was sent to Raleigh in January.

Officials warn that Williamson should be considered armed and dangerous. They say there is no lockdown in progress, but they are counting heads more carefully today.