Female inmate who walked away from Raleigh work assignment back in custody

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A minimum custody inmate at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women who walked away from her work assignment in Raleigh on Thursday was captured in Wayne County Friday morning, according to officials.

Gayle Newcombe, 44, was last seen on Avent Ferry Road around 5:45 p.m. She was captured around 1:45 a.m. in Wayne County.

The State Capitol Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont Police Department, and DPS Prison Emergency Response Team teamed up to find and capture Newcombe.

Authorities “will pursue internal/external charges as appropriate,” officials said in a release. She will be demoted from minimum custody. Newcombe’s prior projected release date was April 18, 2020.


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina correctional and local law-enforcement officers are looking for a woman who was reported missing from her work assignment in Raleigh Thursday evening, according to a news release.

Gayle Newcombe was in minimum custody at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. She was last seen on Avent Ferry Road around 5:45 p.m., the release said.

Newcombe, 44, is 4-foot-6 and 177 pounds. The Wayne County native was last seen wearing all black, the release said.

Newcombe was serving a sentence for habitual felon, several counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle, felony breaking and entering, larceny, and injury to personal property. She was admitted into prison on Aug. 27, 2014 and was scheduled for release on April 18, 2020, the release said.

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