Authorities seeking escaped inmate
Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon stated that at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday officials with the Richwood Correction Center in Claiborne Parish notified his office that 19-year-old Steven Dietz had escaped from a work release program Tuesday.
According to Sheriff Melancon, Dietz who is described as a white male, 5’9”, weighing 162 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes was serving six years for several crimes that were committed in Acadia Parish.
Dietz is from the Evangeline area and law enforcement officials have reason to believe that he may be enroute to the area.
Melancon stated that the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Claiborne Parish Officials and the US Marshall’s Service have joined forces in the search for Dietz.
Sheriff Melancon is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 788-8700.