CHESHIRE — A woman who reportedly escaped from the Gallia County Work Release Center on Thursday was taken back into custody on Friday by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
Michelle M. Myers, 42, was being held at the Gallia County Work Release Center on a probation violation for the City of Gallipolis at the time of the reported escape.
She was last seen on Thursday evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Cheshire, before being located on Friday.
At approximately 11:51 a.m. a prisoner, who escaped custody while serving a sentence at the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Center, was taken into custody by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Matt Champlin said, “Our agency received several tips from the public, who recognized Michelle Myers from our press release.”
Based on this information, officers flooded the area and quickly located Myers walking on State Route 554 in the Kyger area.
“This is another great example of how law enforcement and the public have been communicating and working together to solve crimes quickly and efficiently,” said Champlin. “Ms. Myers has been transported to the Gallia County Jail for incarceration. Additional charges have been filed on Ms. Myers for her escape and we will see to it that Ms. Myers is held accountable for her actions.”
Over the past year, deputies have contented with three inmates reportedly attempting to escape police custody. A woman escaped the Gallia Jail in August 2016 before being recovered within minutes by the security deputy in front of the Gallia Courthouse. A similar incident occurred in January 2017 and with the most recent at the work release center.
According to Champlin, while the office does the best it can while containing inmates an aging jail has proven to be a challenge for area law enforcement as it attempts to keep up with the ever growing criminal element. Champlin said the work release center in Cheshire contains non-violent offenders who are often tasked with activities like picking up dumped trash in the county.
“Speaking to the work release center, the people there have the ability to walk out at any point,” said Champlin. “The doors aren’t locked. It is a commitment. People who have jobs and need to go to work can or its a benefit to the public that we can take inmates who are up there who are serving their commitments who don’t have jobs and come out and do things like trash details.”
Those who fail to keep up with their work release commitments are reviewed for further discipline.
“Our technology and our (jail) facility is outdated,” said Champlin. “It is what it is. Our security down here is good and our doors are good but it’s well passed its time to revisit (upgrades). Financially, the county is not at the opportunity where it can fund a new jail at this time.”
Dean Wright contributed information to this story after the Gallia Sheriff’s Office issued a press release.