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DOC: Convict thought to have escaped found dead on prison grounds

Posted at 10:29 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 12:56:28-04

VINITA, Okla. — According to a Department of Corrections press release, a convict that authorities thought had escaped, has been found dead on the prison's grounds.

Ricky Bauders (52) was found deceased early this morning by officers at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center, officials say.

Related Story: Vinita police searching for escaped convict

Officers found his body behind an outdoor storage area on the edge of the property, officials say.

Officials say this is being investigated as a possible suicide.

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