POLKTON, NC (WNCN) — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers are on the lookout for an escaped inmate from a facility in Anson County.
And, on Sunday, they say a woman who worked at the prison had sex with the escapee — and helped him escape.
The NC Dept. of Public Safety says the inmate, Kristopher McNeil, was discovered missing just after midnight Saturday morning. Investigators believe he scaled the fence of the Brown Creek Minimum Unit in Polkton, about 45 miles east of Charlotte.
McNeil, age 34, was serving a 14-year sentence for second degree murder. He was scheduled for release in 2018 and might be headed for the Triad, where he has family and friends, officials say.
Sunday morning, Polkton Police charged Kendra Lynette Miller, age 33, with sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive.
Bond for Miller is set at $500,000.
“Miller has been a food service officer since December 2014 at the facility from which McNeil escaped,” officials said in a press release.
Later Sunday, official said that McNeil may be in Forsyth County. McNeil has family and friends in Winston Salem.
“While they are following all leads and looking for him in multiple areas, they have increased their focus to the Triad,” officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement or the Brown Creek Correctional Institution at (704) 694-2622
.A joint investigation by the Department of Public Safety, the SBI and the Polkton Police Department led law enforcement to charge a correctional officer with multiple charges in connection to the escape of Kristopher McNeil.