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Prisoner back in custody

Virgil Junior Elsner III (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office) Virgil Junior Elsner III (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office)
Virgil Junior Elsner III (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office) Virgil Junior Elsner III (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A prisoner who escaped Thursday morning in Effingham County has been turned back over to Georgia Department of Corrections Officials to face more charges.

Virgil Elsner, of Riverdsale, who was in prison for robbery, was on work detail when he fled into the woods in Guyton, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

At about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies were notified by the Georgia Department of Corrections that one of their inmates had escaped.

Elsner was found just after 1 p.m. in a wooded area off of Blue Jay Road. K9 units searched the woods and a helicopter searched from the air during the two-hour manhunt.

A perimeter was set up on Sand Hill Road south of Blue Jay Road. Area schools were on lockdown, including Marlow Elementery School and Sand Hill Elementary School on Stagecoach Avenue.

More than 50 law enforcement officers were involved in the search when Elsner was found by Effingham County sheriff's deputies, according to the sheriff's office.

The search was conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office with the help from the U.S. Marshals Service, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. Aviation Unit and the Georgia State Patrol.

Elsner was serving time for robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the Georgia Dept. of Corrections.

Deputies turned him back over to prison officials after he was captured. 

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