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Search Continues For Inmate Who Escaped From Connecticut Prison

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Ryan Caron King
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WNPR
Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Correction Scott Semple speaks at a press briefing on January 8, 2018.

Authorities say a missing inmate who escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield may have stowed away under a state service vehicle or garbage truck.

Speaking at a press briefing Monday, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Correction Scott Semple said Jerry Mercado was found to be missing after a routine inmate count on Sunday.

“He did not breach the outer perimeter of the fenceline, and we believe that a motor vehicle was involved,” Semple said.

Semple said the state is examining security procedures at the state’s other correctional facilities.

“Although our investigation is very much in our infancy, we acknowledge vulnerabilities that have been identified within our security practices,” Semple said.

Mercado was classified as a low-risk offender, serving a three-year sentence for burglary. Authorities believe he’s now in the Hartford area.

Ryan Caron King joined Connecticut Public in 2015 as a reporter and video journalist. He was one of eight dedicated reporters on the New England News Collaborative’s launch team, covering regional issues such as immigration, the environment, transportation, and the opioid epidemic. His work has been published nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and on NPR’s digital platforms. From 2017 to 2018, Ryan was on a team covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Video.” Since 2019, he has been a full-time visuals journalist.

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