A search for a woman who escaped the custody of Pike County deputy sheriffs on Tuesday ended up in a hot tub.
Autum Satterfield, 34, had been facing charges of possession of heroin. Now she has an added felony charge of escape.
It all started just before 4 p.m. when Satterfield, wearing a yellow jumpsuit, fled from the sheriff’s booking center on Route 23.
For nearly three hours, Pike County deputies, Waverly police, the State Highway Patrol and local fire departments combed the area for the woman, finding her discarded jail-issued shoes.
Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader requested that the patrol bring in its helicopter that has thermal-imaging equipment.
“Due to the dropping temperature below freezing, for the safety of the inmate and our deputies, we requested the help of local fire departments and the Highway Patrol with thermal cameras,” Reader said.
The break in the case came at 6:50 p.m. when someone from the Bristol Village Activity Center at 660 E. 5th Ave. in Waverly called to say they thought they saw a woman wearing a yellow jumpsuit in the facility’s hot tub.
Reader and Waverly Police Chief Dennis Crabtree were the first to respond, and they found Satterfield in the hot tub.
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