Authorities: Escaped Ohio inmate seeking water when caught

Ohio prison officials say John Modie, a man convicted of killing a woman in Cleveland has been reported missing from a southeast Ohio prison. (Photo: Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitative Services)
Ohio prison officials say John Modie, a man convicted of killing a woman in Cleveland has been reported missing from a southeast Ohio prison. (Photo: Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitative Services)

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a convicted murder captured about 24 hours after he was found missing from a southeast Ohio prison was caught while looking for water and apparently didn’t have an escape plan.

A State Highway Patrol spokesman said Tuesday that the patrol working with the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found John Modie Monday night at an abandoned Nelsonville gas station as he was trying to reach a restaurant for water.

Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey says Modie apparently saw an opportunity to escape from the prison in Nelsonville but didn’t know “where he was going or what he was going to do.”

Authorities found Modie missing Sunday from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Complex.

He was serving 18 years to life for murder, robbery and escape convictions.

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