Escaped Bent County inmate found dead in southeast Colorado farmhouse

The final of four inmates who escaped from Bent County Jail last month was found dead in Otero County Saturday, officials announced Tuesday.

The body of 46-year-old Mark Fox was found in an empty farmhouse about 5 miles south of Rocky Ford, according to a Tuesday news release from the U.S. Marshals.

Fox and the three other inmates escaped from the Bent County Jail on July 25 after pushing through the sheet rock ceiling in their cell, according to the U.S. Marshals.

Two of the other escapees were caught and returned to custody Aug. 1 and a third was found dead in Pueblo County due to a possible drug overdose, an earlier release from investigators stated.

Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, a former resident of the Otero County farmhouse called the sheriff’s office when they returned to retrieve some property and found the body inside.

According to the news release, decay and decomposition made it difficult to identify the body. The sheriff’s department brought in a forensic specialist from the FBI was brought in to obtain post-mortem fingerprints and the El Paso County Coroner’s office conducted an autopsy Monday morning.

The cause of death is undetermined pending a toxicology report, but officials believe Fox had been dead for two to three weeks before his body was discovered, the news release stated.

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