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Escaped inmate found dead in jail cell hours after being taken back into custody Friday

Dakota Embry, 24, was being observed by a nurse at the Wood County Jail every ten minutes according to the Wood County Sheriff's office.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — A northwest Ohio man who escaped custody in Wood County has died in jail.

According to the Wood County Sheriff's office, Dakota Embry, 24, was under the care of a nurse at the jail with check-ups every ten minutes. 

Wood County jail deputies found him unresponsive in his cell around 10:34 p.m. that night within one of these ten minute windows, according to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. 

Deputies started CPR and when paramedics arrived, they too, attempted CPR on Embry, the sheriff said. 

First responders pronounced Embry dead. No cause of death has been released. There were no signs of foul play and the Lucas County Coroner's Office will handle further investigation, Wasylyshyn said.

Embry allegedly escaped from the Northwest Community Corrections Center with another inmate on Thursday in Bowling Green, where he was sentenced to complete a court ordered program. 

Embry and 36-year-old Justin Firman were located in Fostoria around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to authorities.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office was called to the corrections center just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday in response to an alert regarding escaped inmates, according to a media release.

Authorities found the two Friday in a camper after questioning others at the correctional facility who may have been involved in the escape plan, police claimed. The escape is under investigation.

Both men were charged with escape. Embry had been booked into the Wood County jail at 5:10 p.m. on Friday.

Embry, of Bryan, was charged in Henry County Common Pleas Court in 2022 on a felony charge of possession of a fentanyl-related compound. He entered a guilty plea in December and was sentenced in December to complete a program at Northwest Community Corrections Center.

This is a developing story.



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