Convicted stalker Jerry Chase escaped from Colorado prison but didn't get off the grounds

Was eligible for parole in less than a month

CANON CITY, Colo. - A convicted stalker escaped from the Skyline Correctional Center in Canon City but never made it off the prison complex's grounds.

Jerry Chase, 65, was discovered missing at the 5 a.m. inmate count Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Chase is described as a white male, 6-feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, with bald head and thinning blonde hair on the sides.

He was serving three consecutive four-year convictions out of Grand County for harassment and stalking. Chase was going to become eligible for parole on Oct. 2, 2013.

According to DOC spokeswoman Alison Morgan, the escapee was found at 3:06 p.m. on the 6,000-acre East Canon Prison Complex. That complex includes the Skyline Correctional Center.

Chase was taken into custody without incident, Morgan said.

While Chase was missing, the DOC activated its Special Operations Response Team and Escape Team and was working with local law enforcement. The DOC did not activate its newly created Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Morgan said.

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