Update: Escaped Inmate Found

June 19, 2013


From the Virginia State Police:

"The search for a missing inmate was suspended shortly before 7 p.m.
Wednesday (June 19, 2013). With the assistance of the US Marshals
Service, Karan Batra 44, was located in Washington, D.C., and taken into
custody without incident at approximately 6:45 p.m. Virginia State
Police, Augusta County Sheriff's Office and Virginia Department of
Corrections spent the day conducting extensive ground searches and
following up on numerous tips of possible sightings."


The Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) are searching for an inmate who escaped from custody while on a work-release assignment at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.

On Wednesday, at approximately 9:35 AM, an inmate walked away from a work unit at the airport.

The inmate is Karan Batra, 44, an Asian male. He is 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighs approximately 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange, Department of Corrections work shirt.

Batra's convictions are for non-violent crimes and he does have connections to Northern Virginia, specifically the Alexandria area.

Anyone with information about Batra is asked to immediate dial #77 on a cell phone or 911 to contact State Police. Though the individual is not considered dangerous, he should not be approached.

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