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Escaped inmate apprehended


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Ironwood Township - Daniel Gerald Ferguson, 26, an escapee from the Gogebic County Jail in Bessemer on Monday, was captured Friday afternoon, ending an intensive manhunt.

The sheriff's office released information it received a tip Ferguson was hiding in a residence in the city of Bessemer where he was apprehended without incident Friday around 2 p.m.

Sightings with Ferguson's ex-girlfriend and other possible sightings were described on the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department Facebook page of a man in a black hooded sweatshirt throughout the week, but failed to result in a Ferguson capture.

He was apparently spotted Thursday night and earlier in the Powderhorn Mountain area.

The sheriff's department was assisted by Michigan State Police, Ironwood Public Safety Department, Iron County Sheriff's Department, Hurley Police Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police, a canine handler from Hayward, Wis., the Powderhorn Lodging Association and Big Powderhorn Mountain.

The sheriff's department said the original misdemeanor charges and a Wisconsin probation hold are still pending, with jail escape and other charges to be added.

Additional details about Ferguson's whereabouts for the past five days were unavailable.

Authorities had warned Bessemer residents to keep their doors locked, and be on high alert as the manhunt continued.

Several residents living in the area took extra precautions while the manhunt went on. 

Authorities did not release information as to how Ferguson escaped from the county jail.


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