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Va. inmate who escaped found in D.C.

Wednesday - 6/19/2013, 10:27pm  ET

UPDATE: Wednesday - 6/19/2013, 8:40pm ET

WASHINGTON - An inmate who went missing in the Shenandoah Valley earlier Wednesday was found in Washington, D.C., this evening.

The Virginia State Police says Karan Batra, 44, was taken into custody without incident about 6:45 p.m.

Police did not detail how Batra was found.

The U.S. Marshal Service assisted with the search, which included extensive search of area where he went missing and following up on numerous tips.

It was not clear what charges he could face.

EARLIER: Wednesday - 6/19/2013, 3:50pm ET

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) -- Authorities are searching the Weyers Cave area for an inmate who escaped while on work release.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 44-year-old Karan Batra escaped at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. He was a member of a work release crew landscaping the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport's grounds.

Batra is described as an Asian male, 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and an orange Virginia Department of Corrections work shirt when he was last seen.

Geller says Batra has connections to the Alexandria area.

She says Batra's convictions are for non-violent crimes and he isn't considered dangerous. However, he shouldn't be approached.

The Virginia Department of Corrections says Batra was assigned to Cold Springs Work Center.


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