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Inmate walked away from work program, still at large

Jan 24, 2022, 9:36 AM
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Tyler Leon Shepard, inmate at Utah County Jail, walked away from work program. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office

SPANISH FORK, Utah — Tyler Leon Shepard, an inmate at Utah County Jail, was on culinary duty on Saturday when he walked out and left. 

Tyler Leon Shepard is 36 years old and from Provo. He walked away from his work program on Saturday morning and is still at large.

Shepard was in jail with multiple felony counts of theft and assault charges. 

He was assigned to work in the jail’s culinary program but walked out through the staff area sometime after 4:10 a.m.

Sgt. Spencer Canyon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office wanted to stress that while this was an escape, it wasn’t through a secure area. It was through an area designated for staff.

Shepard was likely given privileges to access this area for good behavior. His work with the culinary program also has a lower level of security. Canyon said the inmate took advantage of those privileges when he walked out of the jail. 

Monday marks the third day Shepard remains at large. However, Sgt. Canyon explained he poses no major threat to the public.

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