UPDATE: Escaped inmate tracked down, taken into custody Sunday, Franklin County authorities say

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — An escaped inmate is back in custody and facing a new felony charge after being tracked down in Franklin County Sunday evening.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a group of trustee inmates were participating in a program on the sheriff’s office complex on Saturday, Aug. 29, but after completing the program, inmate Curtis Eugene Sparks ran away while the group was returning to the jail facility.

According to authorities, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies immediately started searching the area, even employing drones and scent detection dogs to help in their efforts.

However, after searching throughout Saturday night and into the next day, Sparks was located in the Power Dam Road area in Franklin County at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, the sheriff’s office says.

Authorities say Sparks — who was originally serving a sentence as a non-violent offender — was taken into custody without incident has been charged with felony escape.

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office wants to extend a thank you to the following agencies for their assistance and support throughout this incident: US Marshals, Virginia State Police, Rocky Mount Police Department, and Franklin County Public Safety,” the sheriff’s office stated in Sunday night’s news release. “The collaboration with these agencies ensured a quick and safe conclusion.”

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