Escaped prison inmate on the run for 3 years, captured


Alabama Department of Corrections officials confirm a prison inmate who had been on the run for three years is back behind bars.

Kristi Gates, Public Information Officer with the Alabama Department of Corrections, tells Fox10News, Kenneth Swanger was picked up by federal marshals at a job site in Gulf Shores.

Further details about his capture and why he was in Gulf Shores could not be released at this time. According to the Mobile Metro Jail site, Swanger gave a home address in the Foley area.  He was booked into the Mobile Metro Jail Saturday shortly around 5 p.m. that evening.

Gates said Swanger disappeared from a work release program in April of 2011. At the time of his disappearance, the 40-year-old man was serving an eight year sentence for theft.

Gates said Swanger was found by a task force headed by the U.S. Marshal’s Service Task Force, an organization comprised by several law enforcement agencies.

When asked about his capture, Gates said once a prison inmate escapes, the search never stops.  “We don’t give up,” said Gates.

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