Escaped Rutherford Co. inmate back in custody

The inmate is serving time for a probation violation.
The inmate had walked away from a work detail.
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 3:50 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Authorities say a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center inmate who allegedly walked away from a work detail Friday afternoon is back in custody.

Inmate Matthew Kennamer, 41 of Murfreesboro, was working on lawn care and was last seen about 1:15 p.m. at the detention center grounds at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro, according to Rutherford County officials. As of 4:45 p.m. Friday, officials said he was back in custody.

Rutherford County deputies, Murfreesboro Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers searched for Kennamer in the area around the detention center and by drone. A THP helicopter searched as well.

Kennamer is serving time for violation of probation. He was charged with felony escape.