Manhunt ends in Kentucky as escaped inmate’s body found in river


The Henderson, Kentucky Police Department said a body found in the Ohio River is believed to be the body of Bradley Gillespie, the escaped Lima inmate, Police Chief Sean McKinney announced at a news conference Sunday.

They received a call around 1:30 a.m. of a body floating in the river close to the last known whereabouts of Gillespie. The body was found by a boater, McKinney said.

An initial investigation has led police to believe it is him but an official autopsy won’t be conducted until Tuesday.

Gillespie had been on the run since Tuesday when he and James Lee escaped from Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima.

It was determined they exited the prison after concealing themselves in a dumpster, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

Ohio State Highway Patrol was later informed Tuesday evening that the two were believed to be driving a Mercury Capri stolen out of Auglaize County, according to a media release.

The chase ended with Lee in custody but Gillespie ran from officers.