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An escaped offender has been apprehended outside the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI).
The offender, 21-year-old Jonathan M. Bays #80388, was located at 4:05 pm on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 24, about 200 yards away from the institution. Bays was serving a 120-day sentence in the retained jurisdiction (rider) program. He was serving time for burglary and grand theft convictions out of Twin Falls County.
Bays was seen going over the fence surrounding NICI at approximately 1:15 pm Friday and heading toward a wooded area near the prison. "We tracked him in the snow, and apprehended him on the opposite side of the prison from where he escaped," said Lynn Guyer, warden.
The Idaho County Sheriff's Office, Cottonwood City Police, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Correctional Emergency Response Team coordinated the search effort for Bays.
Bays will now face an escape charge.
Idaho County Sheriff Larry Dasenbrock thanks the responding agencies for their assistance citing “excellent interagency cooperation and coordination” bringing about a swift conclusion.