Aug 01, 2021 3:25 PM

Inmate who walked away from Kan. work release back in custody

Posted Aug 01, 2021 3:25 PM
REINHARDT photo KDOC
REINHARDT photo KDOC

TOPEKA, Kansas. – Minimum-custody resident Eljay Allen Reinhardt  has been apprehended, according to a media release from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Reinhardt was taken into custody Saturday evening, July 31, 2021, by officials from the Kansas Department of Corrections, Enforcement, Apprehensions & Investigations (EAI) Unit, the Wichita Police Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Reinhardt had been placed on escape status after he walked away from Wichita Work Release Facility (WWRF) at approximately 11:45 p.m. Friday 2021 after he did not report for work.

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TOPEKA, Kansas. – Minimum-custody inmate Eljay Reinhardt has been placed on escape status after he walked away from Wichita Work Release Facility (WWRF) at approximately 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Reinhart, a 40-year-old Male, was reported missing when the offender did not report for work. Reinhart was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red shirt and a tan cap. 

Reinhart is currently serving a 28-month sentence for a 2020 Sedgwick County conviction for drug possession.

Reinhardt is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 225 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information on Reinhardt can call the Wichita Work Release Facility at (316) 265-5211, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (800) 572-7463 or local law enforcement at 911.

The walk-away is currently being investigated.  New information will be released as it becomes available.

The Wichita Work Release Facility, a satellite unit of the Winfield Correctional Facility, is an all-male, minimum-custody state facility with a population of 79.