Escapee Heather Turfely Turns Herself In

Escaped detainee Heather Turfely turned herself in to police Saturday morning, ending a three-day search, the V.I. Bureau of Corrections reported.

Turfely turned herself into the Richard A. Callwood Command at the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex at approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday, according to Dwayne A. Benjamin, assistant director for the bureau.

Benjamin said the inmate came in without any incident. She was processed and is currently undergoing medical and mental health assessments.

Turfely, who will mark her 37th birthday on Sunday, escaped custody Wednesday evening following the completion of her work detail at the laundry at the Alva A. Swan Annex in Subase. She was being detained on charges of second-degree robbery.

“Ms. Turfely will be charged with escape from custody in addition to her pending charges,” the assistant director added. “This escape is an isolated incident not indicative of the bureau’s established protocols with regard to work detail. However a review of all protocols regarding work detail and work release will be performed to ensure that such incidents are not recurring.”

Benjamin said the bureau will continue to provide opportunities for inmate participation in rehabilitation programs that will provide positive and constructive activities that will aid in their re-entry to the community.

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