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Three inmates escape in two days
Outdoor work programs operated out of a Maple Ridge prison remain suspended since three inmates escaped while working with two different crews last week.
Two men were reported missing on Saturday while working with a crew from Fraser Regional Correctional Centre at the Allco Fish Hatchery in Maple Ridge.
Wilson Jones, 38 and Colin Richardson, 23, walked away from the hatchery at Alouette Road and 249th Street around 1:30 p.m. They were dressed in red prison coveralls.
Police were notified and conducted a search, but the inmates were not located.
A day earlier,another inmate from Fraser Regional disappeared from a work crew at the Albion Fairgrounds.
RCMP Cpl. David Stewart said Robert Gordon Clarey was noticed missing around 1:15 p.m. during a head count taken by corrections staff after inmates assembled for transport back to the prison.
Stewart said the 42-year-old had been accounted for just moments prior to his disappearance during a meal break.
B.C. Corrections has six work crews, comprised of 10 inmates each, working throughout Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Spokesperson Bruce Bannerman said the crews are made up of inmates who are classified as low-risk and who require minimum security.
"It does seem unusual to have three to go so quickly," he said.
"At this point we have suspended the outdoor work programs until we can review the circumstances."
One correctional officer, or sometimes two, are assigned to each 10-person prison crew.
To keep track of inmates, head counts are conducted hourly and several random counts are also done at regular intervals in between.
In the past year, a total of four men have escaped while working with outdoor crews. One has been captured by police, but the three recent escapees still remain at large.
Jones and Richardson were to be released from the provincial prison in October.
Jones was arrested by RCMP in February after ramming a police cruise with a stolen van in Pitt Meadows. He was sentenced to five and a half months for possession of a stolen vehicle and dangerous operation of a stolen vehicle. His release date was set for Oct. 27. Jones is described as 5-foot-7, 166 pounds.
Richardson, due for release on Oct. 29, was serving an 18-month sentence for drug trafficking. He is six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Clarey was serving a six-month sentence for driving while prohibited and schedule for release on Nov. 9. He is 5-foot-7, weighs 148 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Police are asking to public not to approach any of the men, but to call 911.
• Anyone with information on the three men is asked to call RCMP at 604-463-6251, or If you wish to remain anonymous call, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com. CrimeStoppers will pay a reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.