Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

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Wednesday, April 15, 1998

Inmate walks away from Wyoming Correctional Facility work crew

ATTICA - State and local police and Correction Officers are searching for a Wyoming Correctional Facility inmate who walked away from an outside community service crew this afternoon.

Inmate Edward McCloud was assigned to a community service crew supervised by a Correction Officer that was working at St. Vincent's Church in Attica. Five inmates and one Correction Officer were assigned to the crew. McCloud was last seen by the Correction Officer at 1:40 p.m. and was reported missing at 1:55 p.m.

State and local police were notified as soon as the inmate was reported missing and road blocks have been set up at strategic locations throughout the area. Armed Correction Officers also are conducting vehicle patrols throughout the area.

McCloud, 27, stands five feet 11 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing standard prison greens when he walked away from the work crew.

McCloud is serving a term of 6½ years to life for five 1994 convictions out of Erie County - second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree attempted robbery, third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

McCloud was received into the State prison system on Sept. 30, 1994, and has been an inmate at Wyoming since Feb. 16, 1995. He would have been eligible for parole in January 2000.

McCloud faces criminal escape charges in connection with the afternoon walkaway, which could add up to another seven years to his sentence. He also faces disciplinary charges at the facility level.

The last escape at Wyoming occurred Sept. 30, 1994, when an inmate walked away from a farm detail. He was apprehended 19 hours later in Buffalo.

Wyoming, a medium-security prison in Wyoming County, opened in 1984. It houses 1,808 of the 69,511 inmates currently in the State prison system.