Escaped inmate from Iron County Jail caught, jailer fired

IRON COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – The escaped inmate from the Iron County Jail is back in custody and the jailer who was on duty at the time of the escape was fired.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was looking for Riley J. Sherrill. He escaped from the Iron County Jail  at 12:27 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

Sherrill was arrested after Iron County sheriff’s deputies saw him walking southbound on train tracks near the Glower Junction of Highway 21 and 49, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies chased Sheriff in a foot pursuit and he ran in a nearby wooded area. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested Sherrill.

An investigation revealed that the on duty jailer at the time that Sherrill escaped failed to follow standard procedures and did not supervise Sherrill while he was brought out of his cell for fingerprinting. Sherrill walked to the side door of the booking room, unlocked the door and walked out, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. That jailer was terminated.

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