PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Corrections is searching for eight women who reportedly walked out of a minimum-security facility in Pierre Monday night.
According to the DOC, at 8:43 p.m., the women left the Pierre Community Work Center through an exterior door, and one was located Tuesday morning.
Staff at the South Dakota Women's Prison implemented escape procedures and notified law enforcement, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol's aircraft was used to search for the women. The incident is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation.
Leaving a non-secure correctional facility can be prosecuted as second-degree escape, a Class 5 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
The women reported missing are Philomene Boneshirt, 25; Jordan Wakeman, 27; Sylvia Red Leaf, 25; Alice Richards, 32; Kayla Lamont, 28; Carly Shoneman, 23; Pamela Miller, 28; and Kelsey Flute, 30.
All eight women were serving sentences for one or more counts of possession of a controlled substance, excluding Flute, who was in prison for two third-offense DUI convictions.
Additionally, Boneshirt was serving a sentence for simple assault, Red Leaf for eluding, Lamont for second-degree robbery and Miller for failure to appear and forgery.