Offenders Escape from North Idaho Correctional Institution
A search is still underway for one of the two offenders who escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) in Cottonwood at 8:00pm Monday night.
The first offender, 42-year-old Wayne Metzger #80827, is serving a sentence in the retained jurisdiction (rider) program. He was serving time for burglary and grand theft convictions out of Cassia County. Metzger is 6'0", he weighs 200 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was recaptured Tuesday afternoon.
The second offender, 31-year-old Edward Williams #80764, is also serving a sentence in the retained jurisdiction (rider) program. He was serving time for burglary and grand theft convictions out of Fremont County. Williams is 5'8", he weighs 153 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. Williams was still at large as of Thursday morning.
Metzer and Williams were spotted by other inmates going over the fence surrounding NICI around 8:00 pm Monday night. Those inmates then reported the action to officers at the institution.
The Idaho State Police, Idaho County Sheriff's Office, Cottonwood City Police, and local tribal police are coordinating the search effort. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office is also utilizing tracking dogs to find the offenders.
The retained jurisdiction program is 120-180 day incarceration period in which judges retain jurisdiction over offenders they are incarcerated. Offenders are treated, evaluated, and then returned to the judge for a sentencing decision.