Inmate escaped more than a day before guards noticed

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV – A West Virginia inmate escaped from jail Wednesday morning and it took officials more than a day to realize he was gone.

West Virginia State Police are looking for 43-year-old Todd Boyes, who state police say was reported missing around 12:30 a.m. Friday. He is considered armed and dangerous.

According to a statement from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety, authorities believe Boyes left the South Central Region Jail early Wednesday morning, but multiple head-counts failed to uncover his absence. 

After he was finally discovered missing at about 7 p.m. Thursday, investigators found security footage that showed him leaving the facility the morning before. He was wearing khaki pants and a dark grey or green zip-up jacket.

CBS affiliate WOWK reports Boyes was being held for attempted murder and fleeing in connection to a police chase in the Charleston area that resulted in a police officer being injured.

Boyes is described as 5’6″ tall and weighing about 220 pounds. He reportedly has a clean-shaven face and a bald head. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark colored pullover shirt, and tan pants. 

The exact circumstances of Boyes’ escape and whether inmate count procedures were properly followed are still under investigation.

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