Anthony Shepherd (left), Julian Tyler Veloz
Photo: Butts County Sheriff's Office / Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Butts County Sheriff's Office / Lamar County Sheriff’s Office

1 Georgia inmate recaptured, 1 sought after escaping work details

Inmates in two Georgia counties escaped custody Sunday morning when they each walked off a work detail, authorities said.

An inmate who was missing from Butts County was recaptured Monday morning. The other inmate, who was awaiting trial for theft in Lamar County, had not been located as of Tuesday.

Butts County sheriff’s deputies said Anthony Shepherd, 32, was found in an abandoned home on Gamble Road in Macon. They had been looking for Shepherd nonstop for 28 hours after he left his work detail at a Butts animal control facility, according to Sheriff Gary Long.

Shepherd was in custody in Butts County while awaiting trial for drug charges. On Monday, deputies rearrested him and arrested an alleged accomplice, Terri Marie Dixon. It is unclear what charges Dixon is facing.

Anthony Shepherd was recaptured Monday morning at an abandoned home in Macon.
Photo: Butts County Sheriff's Office

Lamar County inmate Julian Tyler Veloz, 23, is still at large. He was last seen wearing an orange shirt and white pants, the sheriff’s office in that county said. 

After reviewing inmate phone calls and video, the agency said they now believe Veloz was picked up by a small, black passenger car immediately after escaping custody.

“We strongly believe he has left the area and headed back to South Georgia,” the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. 


After reviewing inmate phone calls and video. We now know Julian Tyler Veloz was picked up, almost immediately after...

Posted by Lamar County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Sunday, May 24, 2020

They have released a photo of the vehicle in hopes of locating Veloz, who does not have a history of being violent, according to authorities. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lamar sheriff’s office at 770-358-5159. 

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