OTTAWA — A Putnam County inmate escaped from custody while on medical furlough Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Schulte, 24, of Continental, was released from the Putnam County Adult Detention Center at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to be transported to a doctor’s appointment at the Defiance Clinic by a parent, with a return time of 12:30 p.m. Schulte had an electronic GPS monitor installed upon his release.
The GPS monitor signaled a warning of possible tampering. It was removed at the intersection of state Route 127 and state Route 24 in Paulding County.
Schulte did not return to the detention center, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Schulte is 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, according to the press release. He has green eyes and blondish red hair. He has numerous tattoos, including a No. 1 on his right hand and a heart on his left. He was last seen wearing a burgundy/maroon long-sleeved dress shirt and gray slacks.
Verl Warnimont, chief deputy for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies are investigating known associates who could have helped Schulte escape or anyone who would aid him in hiding. Anyone with information concerning Schulte’s location can contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 419-523-3208.
Schulte was being held on theft charges.