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Wyoming fugitive and woman who allegedly helped him escape sought in Monroe County

Richard Fountaine and Kimberly Belcher
Richard Fountaine and Kimberly Belcher

An inmate who escaped from a lock-down unit of a halfway house in Casper, Wyoming, and a staff member who allegedly helped him escape are sought in Monroe County.

Richard Fountaine, 29, who was serving a sentence for burglary, and his alleged accomplice, Kimberly Belcher, 25, were seen about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday around the Logwall Church Road area off Ga. 42 north of Forsyth, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Fountaine and Belcher are suspected in a burglary in the area and are considered dangerous, the release said.

Fountaine was discovered missing from the halfway house Dec. 28, having climbed a wall and a chain-linked fence to escape in a waiting sports utility vehicle, according to the Sidney Herald newspaper in Montana and the Casper Star-Tribune newspaper in Wyoming. The halfway house is run by a private prison company that contracts with the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

Fountaine is 5 feet and 7 inches tall and weighs 142 pounds. He has tattoos around his neck. Belcher is 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Authorities warn the public not to approach them if seen, but to call 911 or the sheriff’s office immediately at 478-994-7010, or 478- 994-7048.

Becky Purser covers breaking and Houston County news. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.

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