WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - He was on the run for longer than one year, but Whitley County Jail escapee Timothy Crossley was arrested this week. We sat down with him at the jail to talk about his escape.
However, Crossley's escape wasn't the usual jail break, rather he left on a funeral furlough and simply never came back.
Timothy Crossley's story begins when he was arrested in August of last year for not paying child support.
But Crossley caught a break when a judge allowed him to travel to Michigan on a funeral furlough for 10 days.
“I'm thankful that Whitley County let me go home to my mother’s funeral and I made it in time to say my goodbyes, and I watched her take her last breath,” said Crossley
But once his 10 days were up, he never returned to the Whitley County Detention Center.
“I never intended to be late, but once I was a day late, I might as well have been 30,” said Crossley, when I came back down here, and I was with my son and my grandson, I didn't want to let go of that life.”
So for almost a year and a half, he says he lived and worked in Whitley County unnoticed, until he was arrested earlier this week.
“When the officer found me at Circle K, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I'm thankful, and I'm here and I'm praying for people and getting a chance to minister to everybody,” said Crossley.
He says he hopes to make his stay in jail the second time around a positive one.
Crossley now faces an additional charge of second degree escape on top of his original charge of failing to pay child support.