TILLERY, N.C. (September 25, 2012)--A convicted killer who escaped from a prison farm in rural North Carolina was still at large Tuesday.
A Halifax County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said early Tuesday officers were still searching for James J. Ladd, 51, who was first discovered missing Sunday morning, after the tractor he was operating was found abandoned in a field outside the minimum security Tillery Correctional Center.
Ladd was serving three life sentences for the 1980 robbery and shooting deaths of two men.
Public Safety Department spokeswoman Pamela Walker said it's unclear how long Ladd had been missing.
Walker said the prison staff first noticed the abandoned tractor at around 10 a.m. Sunday.
A public statement about the missing inmate was not issued for more than five hours.