UPDATE (12/13/21 8:30 a.m.):

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. — The inmate who escaped from Huttonsville Correctional Center is back in custody.

According to a representative with the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, Timothy Nantz, 42, was taken back into custody at 11:30 on Sunday evening.

No further details were given at this time.


UPDATE (12/11/21 8:30 p.m.):

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. — At approximately 5 p.m. today, Timothy Nantz was possibly sighted in an area of farmland in between Mill Creek and Valley Bend along the Tygart Valley River.

In a statement from the West Virginia State Police, the witness said that a person matching Nantz’s description was found sleeping an excavator and was wearing khaki pants with white tee-shirt

The witness also said that the subject fled into a wooded area, but a subsequent search of the wooded area yielded no results.

It is believed that the person in question is traveling towards Valley Bend. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and to lock their houses and vehicles.

If Nantz is seen, call 911. Law enforcement will be patrolling the area.


ORIGINAL (12/10/21 5:10 p.m.):

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. — Timothy Nantz, 42, has escaped from Huttonsville Prison custody while at an agricultural work program in Randolph County.

Nantz, a Morgantown native, was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Timothy Nantz

He was originally arrested for child endangerment after he was found ramming his truck into a car while his children were with him back in September of 2019. Nantz’s listed offenses include gross neglect of a child creating risk of injury or death in March, 2021 and escape from custody of division of corrections in July, 2021.

People in the area are asked to lock doors to vehicles and houses. If Nantz is seen, call 911.