Possible escapee back in custody

Woman walked away from work crew at recycler in Elma, Sheriff’s Office says.

A 25-year-old transient woman from the Rochester area ran away from a Grays Harbor County Jail work detail, according to the county Sheriff’s Office.

Amy Johnson was working at Twin Harbors Recycling in Elma when she went missing around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Elma Police, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 unit responded to search for Johnson but could not immediately find her.

She was spotted on surveillance about two hours later in Elma, and law enforcement resumed the search. Again, they were unable to locate Johnson.

About 5 p.m., Johnson turned herself in to authorities. She likely will face escape charges.

Johnson was serving a 45-day sentence in the county jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and trafficking in stolen property. She was scheduled to be released Jan. 19.

The county Prosecutor’s Office says if Johnson is found guilty of second-degree escape (a Class C felony), then she likely will be sentenced to an additional nine to 12 months to be served after her current sentence.