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Naked inmate who escaped from Orangeburg Co. hospital back in custody, deputies say

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2021 at 5:32 AM EDT
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ORANEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate who escaped naked from a hospital Friday afternoon has been found.

Deputies said Austin Craig Nettles escaped from the Regional Medical Center while he was receiving treatment at the hospital’s emergency room.

“Right now we believe he has no clothes on, so he shouldn’t be hard to spot,” Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Major Rene Williams said of the escape Friday afternoon.

Deputies searched an area along St. Matthews Road from Fire Tower Road to State A&M Road.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Highway Patrol assisted in the search.

Deputies did not provide additional details on where he was found.

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