Authorities catch missing inmate

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LEBANON -- Authorities have apprehended an inmate who was missing from a southwest Ohio jail for more than 24 hours after she went on leave for a dentist appointment.

A judge granted 26-year-old Melissa Rae Helton temporary furlough from the Warren County Jail for a dentist appointment Tuesday. Under the terms of the furlough Helton, who was being held for two counts of felony drug possession, had permission to leave jail from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Authorities say she did not show up for her appointment and she did not return to the jail by the deadline.

The Warren County Sheriff's office says Helton was apprehended Wednesday evening in Hamilton County and is back in custody.

Officials say Helton now faces a felony escape charge for violating the furlough.

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