Federal prison escapee captured in Illinois library

Michael Ward, 61
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An inmate who escaped from federal prison in Terre Haute Sunday has been captured.

A police officer in Urbana, Illinois came across Michael Ward at a University of Illinois library late Monday. After asking a series of questions, the officer determined Ward was the missing fugitive. U.S. Marshals are headed to Champaign to take Ward into their custody.

Guards first noticed Ward was missing Sunday morning during an official count. They searched the minimum security Federal Prison Camp, but still did not find him. The 61-year-old was officially declared an escapee at 9:50 a.m. and the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement were notified.

Ward is believed to have gotten away in a government vehicle. He was serving a 10 year sentence for fraud by wire, radio or television. He was originally slated for release February 15, 2021.

The Federal Prison Camp houses around 359 minimum security inmates.