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OSP Investigating Inmate Escapes; Both in Custody Following Search
09/07/2008
Vicki Reynolds
Warner Creek Correctional Facility
Office: (541) 947-8215
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police detectives and Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit are investigating the escape of two inmates from Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview Saturday night.  Following a day long search, both inmates were captured.
 
On September 6, 2008 at about 9:30 p.m. two minimum-security inmates were discovered missing and escaped from Warner Creek Correctional Facility (WCCF) in Lakeview.  JOSEPH SWIFT, age 25, was serving 127 months for robbery from Multnomah County.  CHRISTOPHER SHERROD, age 31, was serving 70 months for kidnapping from Linn County.
 
SWIFT was recaptured September 7th at about 1:00 a.m. and returned to WCCF three hours later.
 
SHERROD was taken into custody by Jackson County Sheriff's Office with aid from Lake County Sheriff's deputies and a Klamath Falls Police Department canine unit at about 4:00 p.m. after he was seen in a field about 20 miles from the prison by a local rancher who notified local law enforcement.
 
As a minimum security prison, WCCF houses minimum-custody inmates with less than four years remaining on their sentences.  It has a single perimeter fence topped with concertina wire.  The current population at WCCF is 336, and statewide their are 13,973 inmates.