Inmate missing from Lincoln’s community corrections center

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 10:58 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says an inmate has gone missing from the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln.

NDCS says staff members noted that an electronic monitoring device, worn by 38-year-old Ronald Sowards, indicated no movement for several hours Thursday while he was inside the facility.

“Attempts to locate him were not successful,” according to a press release sent late Thursday night. “Sowards later contacted the facility indicating that he was on his way back. He did not return.”

Sowards stands 5′9″, is 215 lbs., and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

According to NDCS, Sowards started his sentence on August 20, 2018. He was sentenced to eight to 12 years for burglary in Lancaster County as well as burglary and possession/receiving a stolen firearm in Saunders County. Sowards has a tentative release date of November 19, 2023. His parole eligibility date is January 5, 2022.

Authorities have been notified. Anyone who see Sowards or knows where he is should call law enforcement.

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