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Update: Prison officials say inmate escape 'clearly showed best practices were not followed'

Autum Flowers is now back in police custody after escaping from a guarded hospital room on Nov. 22.
Credit: Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Update (Nov. 30): Officials say the two officers stationed at the hospital to guard Flowers have submitted resignations.

According to officials, the officers, who were sitting in Flowers' hospital room, didn't see when Flowers slipped out of her shackles and walked out of the room and hospital.

"The investigation clearly showed best practices were not followed," Dauphin County Prison Warden Gregory Briggs said. "There must be accountability for actions. We cannot put public safety at risk."

 Update (Nov. 28): According to Dauphin County officials, Flowers was taken back into custody on Sunday after Police received information that led to an arrest in Harrisburg.


An inmate at Dauphin County Prison escaped from custody on Monday morning while at Harrisburg Hospital, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office. 

Autum R. Flowers was taken to the hospital on Saturday for an undisclosed medical need. She was being guarded by two corrections officers while she was hospitalized, authorities say.

Shortly after midnight on Monday, Flowers escaped from her hospital room and left the building, said officials.

Authorities are looking for Flowers, 34, whose last known address was in Columbia, Lancaster County.

Flowers was taken to prison on Nov. 11 for drug-related charges including felony possession with intent to deliver.

Anyone with information on Flowers’ whereabouts is asked to contact their local police department. Dauphin County CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to her arrest.

Both corrections officers who were with Flowers at the hospital are currently on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, authorities said.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office is working to find out how Flowers eluded the guards.

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