Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

Reward offered for information on fugitives’ vehicle

February 16, 2006

Corrections officials earlier this week said they wanted the safe return of escaped inmate John M. Manard, his presumed accomplice Toby Young and the van they used Sunday to leave Lansing Correctional Facility.

Three days after the escape, they have the van but no Manard or Young.

Now, they're asking for the public's help in figuring out what kind of vehicle Young and Manard traded for when they dropped off the Safe Harbor Prison Dogs van at a Bonner Springs storage unit.

Bill Miskell, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said authorities had no idea where the fugitives were headed. The focus of the investigation now, he said, was on efforts to identify anyone who might have sold, rented or provided an automobile, recreation vehicle/trailer or other vehicle in the past 30 days or so to Young.

"We found the van in a storage locker within 10 miles of the Lansing Correctional Facility," Miskell said. "From that, we're making the assessment they are in another vehicle. Other vehicles to which she had access have been accounted for."

On Wednesday, investigators asked that anyone who had recently sold or loaned a gunpowder blue 1998 to 2000 Chevrolet SUV to someone matching the description of Young or has such a vehicle that can't be accounted for contact them.

Corrections secretary Roger Werholtz on Tuesday authorized a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the successful apprehension of Manard.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Young or the escape of Manard is asked to call local authorities or the correctional facility, (913) 727-3235.

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