A man who escaped from the Casper Re-Entry Center was spotted Wednesday in Georgia, about an hour's drive south of Atlanta, authorities say.
Anna Lewis, public information coordinator for the sheriff's office in Monroe County, Georgia, said Friday morning citizens spotted Richard T. Fountaine II, the escapee, and Kimberly Belcher, a staff member who is thought to have helped him escape, on Wednesday.
Belcher and Fountaine's white SUV got stuck about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and they went to ask a nearby resident to help move it, Lewis said. The neighbor declined and the two left the area on foot.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office impounded the vehicle, Lewis said. The sheriff's office believes the two are still in the area.
Staff at the Casper facility discovered Dec. 28 that Fountaine was missing from a secure unit of the facility. He was serving a sentence in the facility after being convicted of burglary.
Certain inmates are allowed out for parts of the day to go to work. Those inmates will sometimes fail to return to the facility when they are expected back.
Fountaine, however, climbed a wall and chain-link fence before getting into an SUV and leaving the area, according to a search warrant request filed by law enforcement Dec. 29 in Natrona County Circuit Court.
The search warrant request states that Belcher gave Fountaine a cellphone while he was in the facility.
After Fountaine made his escape, his brother told law enforcement that Belcher and Fountaine were traveling to Texas together, the warrant request states.
The center is a privately owned and operated facility that houses inmates completing prison stints. It sometimes serves as an enhancement to probationary sentences. The Wyoming Department of Corrections contracts with the GEO Group, a private prison company, to house inmates in the facility.
In recent years, other workers at the facility have made news after prosecutors accused them of having sexual encounters with inmates.
A Natrona County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Friday morning that the white SUV found in Georgia is the same one Belcher and Fountaine are thought to have left Casper in.