UPDATE: MCCC finds missing offender

Phillip Nelson, 37, of Milford

The Delaware Department of Correction says that Phillip Nelson has been apprehended.

According to the report, Nelson was apprehended on Thursday, and was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on an escape after conviction warrant.

Original story below:


Authorities in Dover say they are searching for an inmate, who did not return on an approved pass.

The Morris Community Correctional Center, in Dover, says that 37-year-old Phillip Nelson, has failed to return on an approved work pass.

Nelson is described by law enforcement as a male, standing 6’05”, weighing 286 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. His last known address is reported as being in Milford, Delaware. He is also listed to have a scar on his left arm, a scar on his cheek, tattoos on both arms, tattoos on his back, left shoulder, and left leg.

Officials say that Nelson’s location is unknown, and unauthorized at this time, so a warrant for escape and conviction has been issued. According to the report, Nelson’s current offense is reckless endangerment first degree and robbery second degree.

It is important to keep in mind that Community Corrections Centers are Level 4 facilities, where the Department of Correction manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community. So, these centers are not secured like Level 5 prisons, meaning offenders are permitted to the leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs or attend approved treatment sessions.

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