A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said James J. Ladd was taken into custody by state authorities Thursday morning. The 51-year-old inmate was found hiding in a garage about 10 miles away from the minimum security Tillery Correctional Center.
Ladd went missing Sunday morning after a tractor he had been operating was found abandoned in a field outside the prison that is located more than an hour’s drive east of Raleigh.
Ladd is serving three life sentences for the 1980 robbery and shooting deaths of two men. He became parole eligible after serving 30 years, but was denied release in January 2011.