Escaped inmate in Ross County captured after search

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An active search was underway in Ross County for an escaped county inmate Monday afternoon.

It happened in the area of route 35 and County Road 550.

Jason Matson, 40, was on a work detail and ran off. He was serving a sentence for theft out of Chillicothe Municipal Court.



The Sheriff’s office had a perimeter established and a helicopter was requested.

The Ohio Highway Patrol and the Chillicothe Police Department assisted with K-9 units and a helicopter.

No other details have been released.



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