UPDATE: VPSO captures escaped inmate - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

UPDATE: VPSO captures escaped inmate

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Deputies and detectives have located an escaped inmate that walked off a work detail on Tuesday around 2 p.m.

Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office said they apprehended Jody Balach, who allegedly took off during his work detail in the Evans community.  

Deputies and detectives canvassed the community and surrounding areas. They located Balach around 6 p.m.  He was located off Highway 111 South just north of Evans. 

A resident informed authorities that Balach had knocked on the door of their residence.  The resident contacted the Sheriff's Office and indicated that Balach walked into a wooded area north of the residence.

Balach was transported back to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where he was arrested on one count of simple escape.

VPSO does not believe that he committed any other crimes during his escape, at this time.

Balach was serving time on theft and illegal possession of stolen things charge at the time of his escape.

Balach was incarcerated at the Vernon Correctional Facility. 

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office needs your help locating an escaped inmate.

VPSO said that Jody Balach escaped from a work detail in the Evans Community around 2 p.m. Tuesday. He is said to be a white male, 31-years-old, five foot eleven, brown hair, blue eyes, and weighs approximately 170 pounds. Balach also has a tattoo on his front throat area with the word "Desire".

Balach was incarcerated at the Vernon Correctional Facility on non-violent offenses. 

Anyone with any information on Balach is asked to contact VPSO at 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.

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