Delta Police Department apprehended a Colorado Department of Corrections work crew offender within an hour of being reported missing.
On Monday, Sept. 12, offender Ray Butler, age 55, was assigned to the Delta City Work Crew, working at the city cemetery. At approximately 2:05 p.m., the city crew notified the Delta Correctional Center that Offender Butler could not be accounted for.
Staff from the Delta Correctional Facility notified the Delta Police Department and the Delta County Sheriff's Office. Working within their protocols, the Delta Police Department immediately notified the local schools and advised them to shelter in place.
A Delta police officer patrolling the area observed a pedestrian acting suspiciously in 700 block of Highway 50. When the officer attempted to stop the man for questioning, the man fled over a fence into a salvage yard. At approximately 2:43 p.m. the suspect was apprehended and identified as Ray Butler.
Within 30 minutes of the schools being advised to lockdown, they were notified that the offender was in custody and they could resume normal school activities.
The Colorado Department of Correction works closely with local law enforcement agencies and appreciates the diligence of the Delta officer who used his training and situational awareness to quickly apprehend this offender. Delta Correctional Center is a minimum security facility.
Offender Ray Butler has been incarcerated since 1991 and is currently serving a 32-year sentence on charges of burglary and assault. He was transported back to the Delta Correctional Center. This case remains under investigation for possible charges.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.