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UPDATE: Inmate Who Walked Away from LCMHF Facility Apprehended
Ronald Smith
Minimum-custody inmate Ronald Smith has been placed on escape status after he walked away from Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility at approximately 8:05 a.m., Sunday. - photo by COURETSY PHOTO

Kansas Department of Corrections agents, working in conjunction with local law enforcement, to include Kansas Highway Patrol, Pawnee County Sheriff, Stafford County Sheriff, and Larned State Hospital Security, apprehended Ronald Smith at approximately 7:25 p.m., Sunday.

Smith, 52, who had been placed on escape status Sunday morning, was apprehended without incident and returned to LCMHF.

Smith had been serving time on a 2018 Reno County conviction.

Original release:

Minimum-custody Inmate Ronald Smith Walked Away from LCMHF Facility

Minimum-custody inmate Ronald Smith has been placed on escape status after he walked away from Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility at approximately 8:05 a.m., Sunday.

Smith, a 52-year-old Male, was reported missing when the offender could not be located at his work assignment at the Larned State Hospital.

Smith is currently serving a sentence for a 2018 Reno conviction for Possession of opiates, opium, narcotic drugs; Flee or elude LEO with five or more moving violations; Theft; and Burglary.

Smith is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 179 pounds with green eyes and black/grey hair.

Anyone with information on Smith can call the Kansas Department of Corrections at (620) 285-6249, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (800) 572-7463 or local law enforcement at 911.

The walk-away is currently being investigated. New information will be released as it becomes available.

The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility opened in 1992 and is the newest and the smallest of the eight adult prisons of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Serving only males, the Central Unit has a capacity for 310 maximum-custody offenders and the West Unit houses up to 288 minimum-custody offenders.