CRESTLINE, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that inmate Chad Ellebracht, 40, was taken back into custody early Friday morning, approximately four days after he was discovered missing from the minimum security Pilot Rock Conservation Camp #15.
Inmate Ellebracht was taken into custody by Fresno Special Service Unit at approximately 2:00 am in Visalia, California. Ellebracht walked away from the Pilot Rock Camp sometime after a routine security check at 5:40 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Ellebracht has been returned to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he will be re-assigned to a prison and will not be eligible to work in a conservation camp.
Ellebracht was committed to CDCR for a three year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled to be released on August 8, 2016. This matter will be referred to the San Bernardino County District Attorney for prosecution of escape.
Since 1977, ninety-nine percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 3, 2016
Contact: Lt. C. Acosta
(209) 984-5291 extension 5499