BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey town has increased security at schools, while a "flood of leads" has failed to turn up an inmate who escaped from prison.
Barnegat Mayor John Novak said Thursday his town will continue searching for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel unless it gets confirmed information he is no longer there.
Surveillance video captured Buckel shopping at a CVS on Wednesday, a day after the minimum security inmate was found missing when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.
Novak says police officers are stationed at the town's schools and that state police will escort buses Thursday afternoon.
Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault and was scheduled to be considered for parole this month. He previously served 14 years for aggravated manslaughter of a baby.
This story has been revised to correct the surname of Barnegat's mayor to Novak, not Novack.