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Inmate missing at federal prison

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

ELKTON -- U.S. marshals and officials of other law enforcement agencies are searching for an inmate who left the Federal Correctional Institution at Elkton on Tuesday afternoon.
Gary Grimm, FCI Elkton public information officer, said inmate Terrell Martin, 21, a native of Youngstown, walked away from an outside landscape detail at the satellite low-security facility.
Grimm said Martin is serving a six-year, two-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crack cocaine. He began serving his sentence at the Elkton facility June 14, and was scheduled to be released May 23, 2006, Grimm said.
Martin is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Authorities continue to search for Rafael Herrera, 53, and Juan Gonzales-Valencia, 30, who escaped from the minimum security facility July 21 by climbing over the fence. Prison officials said the men made a ladder out of a hospital gurney.
Three inmates walked away from FCI Elkton's minimum-security camp shortly after its 1997 opening, but were returned to custody.
In 1999, two other inmates took off. One was caught hiding in his wife's car in the prison parking lot; another was caught based on a tip from a local resident.
In 2000, two more inmates also left the minimum-security camp without authorization. Those who leave without authorization face disciplinary action within the prison system and a possible criminal charge of escape.