Escaped prisoner from Butner found

Earnest Thomas (image courtesy U.S Marshals Service)

June 21, 2012 5:38:35 PM PDT
A inmate reported missing from a low-security facility in Butner Tuesday afternoon has been found.

Earnest Thomas, 60, was found Thursday off Old Oxford Road in Durham County.

The U.S. Marshals Service said they used bloodhounds to locate Thomas on the back porch of a house.

He was returned to the prison by 7 p.m.

Officials said Thomas, who is originally from Henderson, was serving a sentence for cocaine possession.

He was scheduled to be released in 2020.

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