Man recaptured after 3 days


A man who allegedly left CROSSWAEH, 3055 SR 100, was found Friday morning.

Sheriff Bill Eckelberry of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Brett M. Epps, 22, of Mansfield, was being held at Seneca County Jail for a probation violation Friday.

From the investigation, it was reported Epps was seen walking out a back door of the CROSSWAEH correctional facility with a trash bag around 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, Eckelberry said. Staff looked for him, but could not find him, he said. Also, before he left the facility, it was reported that Epps had changed his appearance, Eckelberry said.

Thursday, a woman reported a man riding a bicycle down South SR 100 at about 6:55 p.m., he said. Deputies responded to the report, searched the area and were unable to find the man, Eckelberry said.

A short time later, Epps reportedly was seen on Marion-Melmore Road, he said. Eckelberry said Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and State Highway Patrol searched the area. A K-9 unit from Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and a State Highway Patrol helicopter were used in the search, he said. Law enforcement again did not find Epps and the search was called off at about 11:30 p.m., Eckelberry said.

He said State Highway Patrol brought Epps to Seneca County Jail at about 8:35 a.m. Friday.

While the spot Epps was found was not available Friday night, it was reported he was scraped up from hiding in the woods, he said.

Eckelberry said charges of escape are pending.