Convict who skipped out on work release found

ALBION, Ind. (WANE) – A Noble County man who failed to return to jail Tuesday, triggering a multi-county manhunt, was found early Thursday in Fort Wayne.

Duane Mayfield

Duane Mayfield left the Noble County Work Release Center around 4:20 p.m. for a meeting at the Bowen Center in Albion. He did not return to lawful detention, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities said Mayfield might have been with a woman named Kelsey Parks and in a blue Ford Fusion. Both are from the Kendallville area.

Just before 1 a.m. Thursday, the Fort Wayne Police Department called the Noble County Sheriff’s Department with news: they’d found Duane Mayfield at a Fort Wayne hotel. Mayfield was taken into custody.

Kelsey Parks (Photo Courtesy: Noble County Sheriff’s Department)

Authorities said Mayfield was with Parks at the time he was taken in.

Mayfield was midway through a 5-year sentence that was modified in October that allowed him to join the work release program at the Noble County Jail. Mayfield has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for possession of marijuana, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture, possession of chemical agent or precursors with the intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia, auto theft, possession of methamphetamine, fraud and invasion of privacy.