Crime & Courts

State prison officials searching for inmate who escaped from Wichita Work Release Facility

State prison officials are searching for an inmate who escaped from a minimum-custody facility in Wichita on Tuesday.

Kyle William Ingels, 32, was listed as an escapee of the Wichita Work Release Facility at around 6:48 p.m. after he walked away from the prison, the Kansas Department of Corrections said in a news release. He failed to return to the prison in the evening after leaving for work at around 10:30 a.m.

Ingels is described as a white man who is 6 feet tall and 198 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red hoodie with black writing on the sleeves, blue jeans, black boots and a black baseball cap.

He is an inmate of the work release facility, which is an all-male, minimum-custody state prison with a population of about 250 people. He is serving a 60-month prison sentence.

Ingels’s criminal history includes eight convictions in Neosho County and one in Sedgwick County. They include drug charges, forgery, theft and aggravated endangering of a child. He was moved to the Wichita Work Release Facility on Sept. 11 and was eligible to be released Dec. 30.

Anyone with information on Ingels’s whereabouts is asked to call law enforcement at 911, the KDOC at 620-22-6660 or the KBI at 800-572-7463.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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