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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

*UPDATE* Two Individuals Confirmed Missing from the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution

LIMA – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and

Correction are investigating after two inmates, Bradley Gillespie, 50, and James Lee, 47

escaped from the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution (AOCI) .

Yesterday, during a prisoner count at 11:00 a.m., ODRC officials determined Lee was

missing. Angela Stuff, AOCI warden, approved an emergency count of all prisoners in

the facility and escape posts were manned. During the emergency count, it was

discovered Gillespie was also missing. The ODRC notified law enforcement and officers

from multiple jurisdictions, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Patrol responded

to the facility.

During the course of the investigation, prison officials determined Gillespie and Lee

were last observed on surveillance video inside the facility at 8:41 a.m. on May 22.

The Patrol continues to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners

to investigate potential leads. The United States Marshal Service, Ohio State Highway

Patrol and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are offering up to a $21,000 dollar reward

for information that leads to the capture of Gillespie and Lee. Anyone with information

is encouraged to contact the Findlay Patrol Post at 419 -423-1414 or the United States

Marshal Service at 1-866-4WANTED. If either escapee is located by the public, do not

approach them and contact 9-1-1 immediately.

ODRC is also conducting an internal investigation. Sheriff Matthew Treglia will provide

an update to the community at 6 a.m. on May 24 at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Relevant updates will be provided on Twitter at @OSHP_NWOhio.

Officials at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correcti on have confirmed that two

individuals have escaped from the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution (AOCI). Below

are the details regarding each individual who is confirmed missing.

Name: Bradley Gillespie

Number: 730242

Admission Date: 11/04/2016

County: Paulding

Crimes(s): Murder

DOB: 05/11/1973

Name: James Lee

Number 785575

Admission Date: 03/08/2021

County: Allen and Auglaize Counties

Crime(s) Burglary, B&E, Safecracking, Judicial Sanction

DOB: 02/17/1976

Officials at the prison are working closely with local law enforcement on searching for and

apprehending these individuals.

These individuals should be considered dangerous. Anyone who sees either of these

individuals or has any information regarding their whereabouts should call 911


The Ohio State Highway Patrol is on-site and leading the investigation.


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