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Aiken County, S.C. (WJBF) – The escaped Georgia inmate has been booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

Christopher Nicholas Carroll was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after a business owner spotted him earlier in the day.

Right now, Carroll is awaiting extradition back to Lamar County.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

Christopher Nicholas Carroll

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – South Carolina law enforcement agencies are on high alert, after receiving notification that the escaped Georgia inmate may be on the move again.

NewsChannel 6 has learned the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office received a BOLO from Bamberg County investigators – about a truck that was stole overnight.

Police believed that Christopher Carroll is behind it.

The stolen truck is a 2003 burgundy Chevy with a white hood and a South Carolina license plate. It was stolen from a residence in Bamberg County.

Carroll escaped from a Georgia jail early Wednesday morning in a Lamar County vehicle, that he stole.

The car was found abandoned in Allendale County, South Carolina.

SLED, Bamberg, Allendale and Hampton county officials have been searching for Carroll.

The active search was called off late Wednesday night, when officials lost his track.

Police say they would only pick the search back-up if Carroll was spotted.

If you have any information to Carroll’s whereabouts please call 911.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – An escaped Georgia inmate, believed to be in South Carolina, is still at large.

Police are looking for Christopher Carroll.

Since October, Carroll has been detained at the Lamar County jail in Georgia. That was until early Wednesday morning when he escaped through a hole he made in the wall.

The 37-year-old took off in a Lamar County vehicle that was found abandoned 210 miles away in Allendale County, South Carolina.

Allendale County investigators say they picked up the search for Carroll about 5 miles south of Olar, South Carolina.

Investigators say they found the abandoned vehicle that Carroll used to escape near Black Street in Allendale County.

Several local and state agencies responded and it was all hands on deck in the search for Carroll.

Police say a civilian spotted the inmate running out of the woods, near Highway 301. They tell WJBF NewsChannel 6 Carroll was not seen wearing the Lamar County jail jumpsuit.

When police got wind of the sighting a pursuit ensued. That’s when Carroll ran into a nearby swampland.

“SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) bloodhounds tracking team went into swamp tracking him and later on that night, lost the trail.” Allendale County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steven Robinson said.

The scent ended at a vacant building off Highway 301. Police immediately surrounded the area and set up a 3 mile perimeter, but didn’t find Carroll.

Robinson says the search was called off late Wednesday night, due to inclement weather and dropping temperatures.

“We decided this morning that we will be on standby, unless there was a sighting.” Robinson told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “If there is a sighting then we will respond.”

WJBF NewsChannel 6 has learned Carroll has close ties the area.

He’s from Olar, South Carolina, a town in Bamberg County just 4 miles from where police were searching for him in Allendale County.

Robinson could not say if investigators believe that’s where Carroll was headed. He tells WJBF NewsChannel 6 his team hasn’t been in contact with any of Carroll’s family members.

At this time, police don’t believe Carroll is armed.

Moving into the weekend, Robinson says the weather could play a major role in ending this search.

“With the temperatures dropping the way that it’s dropping, we would hope that he would just turn himself in.” Robinson said.

Carroll is not considered a threat to the general public, but investigators warn that if you do see him you should not approach him.

Anyone with information is asked to call 803-245-3000, 803-245-3018, or dial 911.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – The Allendale County Sheriff’s Office has moved into a stand down in the search for escaped Georgia inmate Christopher Carroll.

At this time, they will only pick the search back up if they are notified of a sighting.

Carroll is not considered a threat to the general public, but police say that if someone sees something they need to say something.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Christopher Carroll was locked up in October at the Lamar County jail in Georgia. He was being held on 3 count of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property.

On Wednesday at 1:30 a.m. he escaped through a hole he in the wall of the facility. According to the Lamar County Sheriff Carroll’s cellmate was clanking on the cell door to mask the sound of Carroll using a metal rod, he removed from a table, to break through the wall in the shower.

He took off in a county-owned car, that was found in Allendale County, South Carolina at 7:50 am on Wednesday.

Lamar County is 210 miles from Allendale County.

Allendale County deputies have since been assisting several agencies in the search for Carroll.

Carroll is originally from Olar, South Carolina. A small town in Bamberg County.

The 37-year-old was schedule to head back to prison on Thursday.

He was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit. Carroll is described as a white male, 5’9 and weighing 165 pounds.

Several agencies have been working to locate Carroll since Wednesday morning.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call 803-245-3000, 803-245-3018, or 911.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – An escaped Georgia inmate is still at large.

Christopher Nicholas Carroll broke through a brick wall and climbed through a hole in the fence at the Lamar County jail, in Georgia, around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Carroll drove away in a county-owned vehicle, that was later recovered in Allendale, South Carolina.

The 37-year-old is originally from Olar, South Carolina.

He was jailed in October on three counts of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property.

Several agencies have been combing through the area looking for Carroll.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call 803-245-3000, 803-245-3018, or 911.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


ATLANTA (WSB-TV/WSAV) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped overnight in Lamar County, south of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports that Christopher Nicholas Carroll was in jail on three counts of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property, according to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

Carroll is from South Carolina and was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit. Authorities say he stole a county truck when he escaped.

The truck was found in the town of Ulmer in Allendale County, South Carolina. The sheriff’s office in Allendale is also attempting to locate Carroll at this time.

He is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 911.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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