Missouri jail escapee captured in makeshift hut in Delaware

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This undated photo provided by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office & Jail in Princeton, Mo., shows Drake Kately. Authorities say Kately, an inmate who escaped twice from a Missouri jail was captured more than 1,000 miles away in Delaware where he was living in a makeshift hut in a wooded area. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Kately, of Kansas City, Missouri, was captured Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 near New Castle, Delaware.(Mercer County Sheriff’s Office & Jail via AP)

PRINCETON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities say an inmate who escaped twice from a Missouri jail was captured more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) away in Delaware where he was living in a makeshift hut in a wooded area.

The U.S. Marshals Service says in a news release that 27-year-old Drake Kately, of Kansas City, Missouri, was captured Tuesday near New Castle, Delaware. Kately escaped most recently in September from the jail in Mercer County, Missouri, after making a hole in his cell. He was being held there on multiple charges, including assault.

The Marshals Service says that he was found hiding in a shelter created by placing foliage around a fallen tree after authorities spotted clothing hanging from a nearby tree branch.

He is awaiting extradition to Missouri. His attorney, Melinda Troeger, didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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