The Westville Correctional Facility has captured missing inmate Orville Morris – #204172. Morris was found hiding on grounds and never got out of the facility, according to a post on the Indiana Department of Correction’s Facebook page.
Morris was still inside the pallet shop where he worked. He had crawled up into some of the mechanical systems in the ceiling. When staff returned to the building to check it yet again, they heard a noise. They were able to isolate that area and found Morris hiding on a ledge along the building’s industrial HVAC ductwork. When located, Morris yelled “I give up. I give up.”
Superintendent Mark Sevier noted, “We never give up. Our teams went through the entire facility three times searching for him. We would keep on searching until he was found.”
Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Robert E. Carter, Jr. praised Superintendent Sevier for his actions. “Since Superintendent Sevier’s arrival at Westville Correctional Facility, he has implemented many security procedures to improve safety within the facility, prevent escapes and protect the public.”
Morris is being questioned by the facility’s Correctional Police Officers. He will be placed in an extremely high security restrictive housing unit. He will be charged internally for his attempted escape, and all information will be referred to the La Porte County Prosecutor for consideration of felony charges.
The Superintendent thanks the many local, county, state and federal agencies that tirelessly followed up every potential lead in this case, and the members of the public who provided information and cooperated with the investigation.