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One of 10 Prison Escapees Found Dead in Alley

<i> From Associated Press</i>

One of 10 inmates who escaped from a medium-security state prison was found dead in an alley Monday, and the city’s police chief said prison workers may have aided the breakout, which was accomplished with a shotgun thrown into the exercise yard.

No signs of trauma were visible on the body of Kevin Hatcher, who was serving a life term on drug charges, police said. An autopsy was scheduled.

Four of the inmates were caught shortly after the escape early Sunday from the Ryan Correctional Facility. Helicopters swarmed over a residential neighborhood on Detroit’s east side as the search continued for the remaining five, including three convicted murderers. All five were considered armed and dangerous.

Police Chief Isaiah McKinnon told reporters Monday that some prison workers may have been involved in the breakout plan.

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The inmates needed only three to five minutes to escape, the state Corrections Department said. Two men on the outside tossed a shotgun, shells and wire cutters into the exercise yard, managing to get the items over a 12-foot fence and another six-foot fence 20 feet away, authorities said.


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