Photo from Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Photo from Putnam County Sheriff's Office

By Alex Woodring

OTTAWA - The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is currently tracking an escaped inmate.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Joe Vera III, 19, of Leipsic was temporarily released from jail to attend a counseling and addiction meeting in Ottawa. Vera failed to return to jail after the meeting.

Anyone with information on Vera's location should call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 419-523-3208 or 866-788-2676. Callers can remain anonymous.

Vera is a 5'10" Caucasian male weighing 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Vera recently pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and theft charges earlier this year, according to Putnam County Municipal Court records.

Any person caught harboring Vera or concealing his whereabouts could be charged criminally.