Richard Fountaine (left), Kimberly Belcher
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Escaped inmate from Wyoming, alleged accomplice captured in Middle Georgia

[UPDATE]: An escaped inmate from Wyoming and the correctional facility employee believed to have helped him break out have been arrested in Monroe County, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Anna Lewis. Richard Fountaine and his alleged accomplice, Kimberly Belcher, were captured about 12:45 p.m. Friday at Ga. 42, near the Logwall Church Road area, she said. 

[ORIGINAL STORY]: An escaped inmate from Wyoming and the correctional facility employee believed to have helped him break out were last seen in Middle Georgia on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Richard Fountaine, 29, and Kimberly Belcher, 25, were last seen near the Logwall Church Road area in Monroe County, which is located near Ga. 42, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. They’re accused of a burglary in the area.

The suspects allegedly went to a home and asked the owner to help them with their vehicle, but authorities were called and the vehicle is in the possession of law enforcement, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Anna Lewis told 

Fountaine was serving a three-to-five-year stint at the Casper Re-Entry Center for a burglary conviction when he escaped Dec. 28, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. He was sentenced in June 2017, according to Wyoming Department of Corrections records. 

Belcher is accused of giving him a cellphone while he was at the facility, and Fountaine allegedly climbed a wall and chain-link fence before getting into an SUV to leave the area, the newspaper reported.

Wyoming DOC spokesman Mark Horan told the Casper Re-Entry Center is privately contracted, and Fountaine was in a secure unit at the facility when he escaped. 

Authorities don’t have any information to tie them to Georgia, since Fountaine said he was from Huntsville, Texas, when he was arrested, the sheriff’s office said. Lewis said the sheriff’s office has “no information to suggest that they have family here.”

Fountaine is 5-foot-7, weighs about 142 pounds and has many distinctive tattoos around his neck, the release said. Belcher is 5-6 and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

The duo are considered dangerous and shouldn’t be approached, the release said. Anyone who sees them or has information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 478-994-7010 or 478-994-7048.

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