Missing inmate found inside perimeter fence at Stiles Unit in Beaumont, TDCJ says

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Missing inmate found inside perimeter at Beaumont prison, TDCJ says
Zachary Myrick, 42, was found to be missing during a routine count on Monday. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in Harris County in 2009.

BEAUMONT, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas Department of Criminal Justice authorities located an inmate who was discovered to be missing after a routine count at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont.

On Tuesday morning, officials said 42-year-old Zachary Myrick was missing. However, he was found shortly after inside the perimeter fence, TDCJ said.

It was not immediately clear if he was trying to escape.

According to records, Myrick was convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in Harris County in 2009. He is serving a 24-year sentence.

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