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Michael Calloway

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According to Sheriff Len Hagaman Calloway currently has longer hair than pictured.

Originally published: 2014-07-03 15:35:08
Last modified: 2014-07-03 17:13:56

Escaped inmate last seen on Old Turnpike Road

by Staff Reports

UPDATE 5:01 p.m.: According to Sheriff Len Hagaman, Calloway is in custody. Officers caught him swimming in Price Lake.

UPDATE 4:30p.m.: According to scanner traffic there was a report of Calloway seen at Hebron Rock Colony. A man said he had a conversation with Calloway and that another man, who was dressed identical to the inmate, was with him.

Another inmate has escaped custody in Watauga County.

The inmate, Michael Calloway, 39, of Buncombe County was last seen around noon on Thursday
when he left his work detail paving crew on Old Turnpike Road according to local law enforcement.

An inmate from Caldwell Correctional Center, a minimum security unit, Calloway is serving 12 to 15 years for habitual felon, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and felony breaking and entering according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

He was due for release in May 2016

Calloway is 6 feet and 170 pounds and has longer hair than his last mug shot which he usually wears in a pony tail according to law enforcement.

The escaped inmate was last seen wearing olive green pants, a white shirt, black steel toe boots and an orange hat.

Calloway has a tattoo of a swastika on his chest.

If seen, do not approach and call 911. Area residents are asked to lock their vehicles and lock themselves in their homes. 

A command post has been set up on Shull's Mill Road and a number of agencies are seeking Calloway including Watauga County Sheriff's Office, Boone Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department and National Park Service.

This story is developing, check for updates.