Escaped inmate spotted near New Jersey highway rest area

Police in New Jersey say an escaped inmate who once served time for manslaughter for killing a baby has been spotted near a highway rest area.

State police say 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was seen late Sunday near a rest area along the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township.

State police have set up a command post and local police departments are beefing up patrols.

Buckel was found missing last Tuesday when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Lacey Township is about 50 miles northeast of Hammonton.

Buckel has been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary. He was scheduled to be considered for parole later this month.

Buckel previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.


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