Escaped Henry County inmate apprehended during I-69 traffic stop

Delmar Gabbard

Update: The escaped inmate was apprehended by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop on I-69.

Original story below: 

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities in Henry County are searching for a jail inmate that escaped late Sunday afternoon.

Police say that 43-year-old Delmar Gabbard escaped the Henry County Transition Center at around 5:30 p.m.

The center houses non-violent offenders because of jail overcrowding. Gabbard is serving time on drug-related charges.

According to police, Gabbard was being escorted by a guard as he was about to get ice out of a machine. He reportedly started towards the machine but then ran past and fled the facility.

“To my understanding, they had escorted him downstairs before. Obviously, that rule changed yesterday. Only correction officers will come and retrieve ice now. No longer will any of the inmates be brought down to retrieve ice or any other supplies,” said Henry County Sheriff Richard McCorkle.

“He got past us and away from my team. They take it very seriously. It is not something that they take lightly. He is incarcerated, we are supposed to keep him here,” said Sheriff  McCorkle.

He was last seen wearing black gym shorts and a gray shirt. Gabbard is described as a white male, 6 feet tall and weighs around 190 lbs.

Anyone with information on Gabbard’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Department at 765-529-4890.