Missing inmate caught in Butler County

Authorities search for inmate escaped from Cowley County facility

Authorities search for inmate escaped from Cowley County facility

A man who escaped the Winfield Correctional Facility was apprehended hours after he was spotted hitchhiking in the Butler County town of Douglass.

When the deputy tried to approach Mitchell, he ran into a corn field off of Elm Street.

Lewis Mitchell, 53, vanished sometime after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

A Butler County sheriff's deputy spotted Mitchell attempting to hitchhike along USA 77.

Mitchell was serving a 27-month sentence for burglary out of Sedgwick County.

The search intensified Wednesday morning when a deputy in Douglass saw a man hitch-hiking.

Herzet said the search included police officers from Andover, Augusta, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, deputies from Sedgwick and Sumner counties and officers from the U.S. Marshal's Service. He was last seen wearing a white state-issued T-shirt and blue jeans or gray sweatpants. Cowley County authorities say he should be considered unsafe.