CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Another correctional officer at the South Central Regional Jail has been suspended without pay in connection with the ongoing internal investigation by the state Regional Jail Authority into the Oct. 25 escape of inmate Todd Boyes.
The latest move marked the fifth officer who has been suspended. State Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Assistant Secretary Larry Messina also announced Friday that PrimeCare, the regional jail system’s medical services provider, fired a worker that was assigned to South Central as part of its review.
“RJA does not expect to comment further on its investigation or the resulting suspensions until the investigations are complete,” Messina said.
Boyes, 43, was dressed in pants worn by jail trusties when he walked out of the Charleston-based lockup. He went through at least three locked doors that were under video surveillance. There were five head counts between the time he left the jail and he was discovered missing about 40 hours later.
Boyes was caught swimming in the Rio Grande River heading toward the Mexican border in Laredo, Texas, last Sunday morning. State police, which is also investigating, has charged Boyes’ mother with driving him to Texas.
Boyes delayed extradition during a hearing Thursday when he told a Texas judge that he was not Todd Boyes. A DNA test will now be conducted.