Work release inmate captured after search in Jennings County

NORTH VERNON — An inmate on work release at St. Ann’s Golf Course disappeared but was later caught after a search.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jennings County Sheriff’s deputies discovered inmate worker Christopher D. Gullion, 23, Rising Sun, was not accounted for and a search began. Sheriff Gary Driver asked Sgt. Allen Ritchie and K9 Vampir to help with the search and the dog provided the direction the inmate traveled.

At 4:45 p.m., Driver and Sgt. Jim Blevins located a male walking west on the railroad tracks behind Componx Plastic Injection Mold. When they asked him to stop, they said he ran south across Buckeye Street into a field.

Officers set up a perimeter and resumed the search. Gullion then crossed a shallow part of the Muscatatuck River where he was captured by Reserve Deputy Doug Brown.

Gullion told officers he had located a change of clothes in a garage and disposed of his black and white striped jail uniform and orange ball cap. He was arrested on preliminary charges of escape, theft and resisting law enforcement, deputies said.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.