An female inmate was on the run for more than two days before being recaptured on Monday night as the result of a multi-agency manhunt through Grayson County.
22-year-old Elizabeth Ann Woosley, of Claggett Road in Leitchfield, escaped from the Grayson County Detention Center’s Female Facility at approximately 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 by “[pushing] her way through a group of civilians who were leaving after visiting with family members incarcerated at the Female Facility” according to a press release from Chief Deputy Jailer Bo Thorpe.
According to Thorpe, a GCDC deputy gave chase, but Woosley managed to elude her and escape into the area of houses behind the Leitchfield Post Office.
The detention center immediately appealed to the public and area law enforcement agencies for assistance in locating Woosley, who was believed to be in the company of 42-year-old Leitchfield resident Jake Wendell Embrey.
Personnel from the GCDC, along with Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Leitchfield Police Department, and Kentucky State Police Post 4, participated in the search, which culminated in the capture of both Woosley and Embrey in the Falls of Rough area at around 8 p.m. on Monday evening.
According to a separate release by Thorpe, “Officers first encountered the pair in a field behind a house at 12356 Owensboro Road in Caneyville… The two were sitting in a 1998 Ford F-150 belonging to Embrey’s estranged wife.”
When confronted by authorities, the two fled in the vehicle into a wooded area nearby, and eventually exited the vehicle and continued to flee on foot, as authorities gave chase.
Law enforcement officers continued to search the area and were soon alerted to a sighting by a passer-by who spotted the fugitive pair as they were forced out of the woods onto Falls of Rough Road.
Following a foot chase through a soybean field, Woosley and Embrey were both taken into custody.
Woosley, who was initially being housed in the detention center for a probation violation following an arrest for shoplifting, has been additionally charged with escape in the second degree.
Embrey was currently on bond from a May 2014 incident in which he was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is additionally being charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension.
According to Thorpe, the investigation is continuing and additional charges may possibly be pending.