Police need help locating fugitive

August 20, 2015


Laurel County Sheriff

Press Release

Sheriff John Root is reporting that escapee 42-year-old Richard Shell was found about 4 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington. He was reported missing shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday from Blackburn Correctional Complex.

Richard Shell

Richard Shell

Special to The Mountain Advocate

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public to be on the lookout for an escapee from the Blackburn correctional facility who has ties to the area.

According to Sheriff John Root, 42-year-old Richard Todd Shell escaped from the minimum-security facility in Lexington.

According to officials with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Shell walked away from the facility.

“He was confirmed missing at 8:46 a.m.,” said Michael Caudill, public information officer for the department of corrections.

Shell has previous addresses in Corbin, Clay County and London.

Shell was serving a 16-year sentence on charges of receiving stolen property in Laurel County.

London Police arrested shell in Oct. following an investigation into a complaint of a suspicious man looking into parked vehicles at the London Walmart.

When officers responded, they reported finding an individual, later identified as Shell, standing beside a vehicle with the doors open.

“The male subject told officers that the vehicle belonged to his cousin and that he was searching for his girlfriend’s necklace and ring,” police stated, adding Shell denied he had gotten into any vehicles as alleged by the complaint.

When officers checked the vehicle’s license plate, they learned that it had been reported stolen. In addition, they discovered that Shell had been giving them a false name.

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