Escaped inmate in Elkins found nearly one week later

ELKINS, W.Va. — An inmate who escaped custody last week in Upshur County has been captured.

Denver Bennett, 30, was arrested near Buckhannon after escaping from his work crew at the Mountain State Forest Festival Building in Elkins on Friday.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that multiple units responded to 253 Upper Childers Run between Elkins and Buckhannon to find Bennett.

Bennett has been transported to the Mt Olive Correctional Center in Fayette County. He will be arraigned in Randolph County, according to the Facebook post.

The U.S. Marshal Service, Upshur and Randolph County Sheriff’s Departments, West Virginia State Police and West Virginia State Parole all assisted in apprehending Bennett.

Beverly Beckner has also been arrested for allegedly helping Bennett while he was on the run, according to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.

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