Local authorities were investigating local ties of a man who fled custody in Phelps County Monday, but was captured two days later.
Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said detectives checked with those who knew Michael J. Schultz, 32, when he lived in the Union area previously to see if any of those ties were ongoing.
Schultz was captured Wednesday in Arnold. Schultz has been charged with escape from confinement.
He was transported back to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, where he is in custody without bond.
According to the Phelps County Sheriff’s office, Schultz was working on a supervised crew while in custody at the Phelps County Jail when he fled on foot at 7:51 p.m. Monday. He had been arrested on nonviolent offenses, authorities said.
According to the sheriff’s office, video footage shows Schultz getting into a white single-cab long-bed Chevrolet pickup, with a small black roll bar in the bed. Once he entered the truck, the vehicle left the area.
Cole A. White, 24, the driver of the truck, has been charged with aiding escape of a prisoner confined for a felony. He was arrested in High Ridge Tuesday. Bond was set at $100,000. Schultz’s girlfriend and accomplice, Mary Christine Dames, 39, Fenton, also was arrested in Arnold. She was also charged with aiding in the escape of a prisoner and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Schultz pleaded guilty to possession of chemical with the intent to make methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. He was given four years of probation.