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Escaped inmate back in custody

Nearly a week after a Missouri Department of Corrections minimum-security inmate walked away from a work site he is now back in custody.

On Feb. 13 inmate Jacob Dylan Martin walked away from a job site approximately 18 miles south of Fredericktown while on work release from Potosi Correctional Center.

On Sunday afternoon the Eureka Police Department posted to their Facebook page that they took Martin into custody after a short foot pursuit in the area of I-44 and Six Flags Road and was waiting for the Missouri Department of Corrections to pick him up.

Local law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were working with prison staff to apprehend Martin.

The K-9 unit from Farmington Correctional Center was dispatched and the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) was activated shortly after the inmate went missing.

It’s unclear how he ended up in Eureka or if he had an accomplice.

Martin is serving a five-year sentence for two counts of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary, and theft/stealing in Franklin County as well as a concurrent three-year sentence for attempted first-degree tampering in Marion County. He has previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, shoplifting and resisting arrest.

Martin was received by the Missouri Department of Corrections Sept. 30, 2016, and was transferred to Jefferson City Correctional Center Feb. 23, 2017. He was transferred to a minimum security unit in Potosi Correctional Center for work release Sept. 26, 2017.



Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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