Monday, September 24, 2012

Authorities Searching for Escaped NC Prisoner

Law enforcement are on the lookout for 51 year-old James Ladd, Jr., who escaped from prison on Sunday morning. Ladd was operating a tractor on a prisoner farm in Halifax County.

Ladd was being held at Tillery Correctional Center, a minimum security prison, where he was serving three consecutive life sentences for the murder of two Yadkin County men in 1981.

Officials say the tractor Ladd was operating was discovered some time before 12:00 noon, but the convict was nowhere to be found. He is thought to have escaped at around 10:00 Sunday morning.

Authorities are trying to locate the escaped prisoner using search teams and K-9 dogs. At the time of his escape, Ladd was wearing prison-issue green pants and a white tee shirt. Authorities say Ladd has probably changed his apparel since his departure.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Ladd, Jr. is asked to call the Tillery Correctional Center at (252) 826-4165. You can also contact CMPD at 704-336-6000.