Deputies captured Wyoming fugitive, accomplice by Monroe Co. pond in all camouflage


    Richard Fountaine and Kimberly Belcher/MCSO

    UPDATE FRIDAY 5 P.M.

    MONROE CO., Ga. -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said deputies captured the Wyoming fugitive and his accomplice laying face down in all camouflage by a Monroe County pond Friday afternoon.

    The capture of escaped inmate Richard Fountaine and Kimberly Belcher -- who officials said helped him escape from a Wyoming prison -- came just before 1 p.m. near Johnstonville Rd. in Forsyth.

    Deputies said they received a tip from Monroe County residents Friday morning.

    It eventually led them down Georgia Highway 42 to a Johnstonville Rd. wood line. There, deputies found Fountaine and Belcher laying face down on the backside of a pond dressed in all camouflage.

    Deputies said the two had camouflage hoodies pulled over their faces and their hands tucked underneath them.

    The eventual capture reportedly started out as a criminal trespassing call Wednesday afternoon near Logwall Church Rd.

    Upon arrival, deputies found a vehicle, which they connected to Belcher. After checking into her further, deputies discovered she was wanted in the case of escaped inmate Fountaine. He allegedly escaped from Wyoming Dec. 28.

    Deputies wouldn't discuss the nature of Fountaine and Belcher's relationship.

    Charges are pending for both in Monroe County and will appear in court in the coming days. There is no word how long they will be held in the county before returning to Wyoming.

    Several departments and agencies in the surrounding area were involved in the capture. The search had been ongoing without stop since Thursday morning.

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    UPDATE FRIDAY 1 P.M.

    MONROE CO., Ga. -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says they apprehended the fugitive from Wyoming and the woman they believed helped him escape at approximately 12:45 p.m. Friday.

    Officials say Richard Fountaine escaped from a prison in Wyoming on Dec. 28. He and his alleged accomplice Kimberly Belcher were then spotted in Monroe County on Wednesday.

    Thursday, Monroe County deputies sent out a BOLO for Fountaine and Belcher.

    Deputies say they captured the two Friday afternoon in Monroe County at Hwy. 42 north near the Logwall Church Road area.

    Fountaine and Belcher are in custody at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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    ORIGINAL STORY THURSDAY

    MONROE CO., Ga. -- Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office says be on the lookout for an escaped prison inmate and his accomplice.

    Deputies say Richard Fountaine is an escapee from a prison in Wyoming and Kimberly Belcher is believed to have helped him escape.

    Both were last seen Wednesday near Logwall Church Rd. off Highway 42 around 4:30 p.m. They are suspected of a burglary in the area.

    They are considered dangerous, deputies say.

    If seen, please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at (478)994-7010 or (478) 994-7048.

    Fountaine is 29 years old, 5’7” and approximately 142 lbs. and has many distinctive tattoos around his neck.

    Officials say Fountaine escaped from Casper Residential Center in Wyoming the morning of Dec. 28. He was serving a burglary sentence.

    Belcher is 25 years old, 5’6”and approximately 140 lbs.

    Check back here for updates.

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