Inmate escapes Klamath County Jail

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Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 – 7:21 p.m.
From a Klamath County Sheriff’s Office press release:

Two women are in custody tonight as a result of the on-going investigation into Kenneth Robert Banes’ escape from a corrections deputy early this morning at the Klamath County Jail. Investigators arrested Banes’ mother, Kathleen Joann Delaney, 46 years old of Klamath Falls and Syndahl Lezza-Marrea McFarland 21 years old, also of Klamath Falls.

Both women are charged with Felony Escape II by aiding and abetting as well as Hindering Prosecution. Their bail is set at $20,000 each.

Delaney is accused of gathering personal belongings, including clothing, and delivering it to Banes’ acquaintance, Syndahl McFarland, in the 2200 block of Main Street in Klamath Falls, in preparation for an escape. Investigators learned that McFarland kept the items for Banes for several weeks at her apartment. Investigators believe that Banes went directly to McFarland’s residence and changed out of jail clothing before leaving on foot with his previously stashed items. During a search of McFarland’s home, some of the missing jail clothing was found hidden in the basement.

Delaney was arrested at approximately 4:30 PM. McFarland is currently being booked. Mug photos are not yet available.

The investigation is active and continuing in the search for Banes this evening.

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Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 – 11:33 a.m.

Newstalk 1150 KAGO spoke with Sheriff Evinger and he said Banes has not been located, but some of his inmate clothing was found in the basement of an acquaintance’s apartment on Main Street in Klamath Falls.

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — An inmate has escaped from the Klamath County Jail.

Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger

A helicopter was used the search of the area around the jail. Banes is 5-9 and was wearing tan jail clothing, although Evinger suspects Banes has changed clothes.

Banes was in jail on non-violent crimes, but Evinger says if you see Banes, to not approach him.

Evinger says it is the first escape by someone in custody of the facility since 1989.

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