New details emerge about missing Wayne County inmate

New details have emerged about a Wayne County inmate that was reported missing last week, and is still missing.

According to a release from the Wayne County jail, Jailer Ronnie Ellis reported the inmate, Joseph Payton from Albany, missing shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 following an emergency head count.

The release states that after reviewing security footage, it was determined that Payton escaped from the recreation yard by climbing a chain link fence on Friday, March 25, and could not be found on jail security cameras after about 5 p.m.

Reports state that Payton was missing on 18 head counts of inmates at the jail for various reasons. Jail employees have undergone 16 hours of training and all employees involved have received a write-up for the incident, according to Jailer Ronnie Ellis.

Payton was reportedly a Class C inmate and was housed on the minimum security side of the jail, and also worked in the kitchen.

Initial reports also indicated that Payton was believed to have stolen a truck, but new details indicate that the time the truck was reportedly stolen, Payton could still be seen on jail security footage. The truck was reportedly stolen at 4:50 p.m. and Payton was seen on jail cameras at 5:07 p.m.



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