Convicted killer serving life sentence caught after failed escape attempt, SC prison officials say

Convicted killer serving life sentence caught after failed escape attempt, SC prison officials say
David Rollings Cauthen, who is serving a life sentence, was missing from his cell Sunday morning. Institution security found him hiding under a storage container for construction materials.

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An inmate at an Upstate prison has been recaptured after a failed attempt to escape, state prison officials said on Sunday.

A spokesperson with the South Carolina Department of Corrections said David Rollings Cauthen, an inmate at Perry Correctional Institution, attempted escape Sunday but was found hiding on the institution grounds.

Cauthen, 54, who is serving a life sentence after being sentenced to murder in Lancaster County, was missing from his cell Sunday morning. Institution security found him hiding under a storage container for construction materials.

He’s been imprisoned at Perry Correctional since 2009, according to SCDC online records. His online records also show that he’s had another attempted escape in July 2018 and an “other escape related” incident in 2016.

Cauthen was also featured on America’s Most Wanted for his crime, the 2004 murder of his girlfriend, Brenda Steen.

SLED, Greenville County Sheriff’s Department and institution security worked with SCDC Police Services on the case.

More details will be forthcoming; check back for more updates.

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