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Kona Furlough Inmate Fails to Check In

April 30, 2015, 10:06 PM HST
* Updated April 30, 10:07 PM
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According to the Department of Public Safety, an extended furlough inmate from the Kona Furlough House failed to check in Thursday afternoon.

The inmate, identified as John Towle, failed to check-in at 12 p.m. The Department of Public Safety is working with the Hawai’i Police Department to issue a warrant for not abiding by the conditions set in his extended furlough plan.

Towle, 44, has been described by officials as 6’0″ tall, weighing 155 pounds. He is also said to have brown hair and brown eyes.

Department of Public Safety officials say Towle is serving time for unlawful methamphetamine trafficking. His next parole hearing was scheduled for June.

Authorities advise the public to call 911 should they see Towle.

Railee Keoni Santos. HPD photo.

Railee Keoni Santos. HPD photo.


In an unreleated incident, HPD located a 20-year-old Hale Nani furlough inmate who was reported missing on February 16.


Railee Keoni Santos was located in Mountain View at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrested him on suspicion of escape.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Hawai’i Community Correctional Facility was notified at 8:15 p.m. that Santos was arrested.

Santos will be held at the Hilo police cellblock as detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue to investigate.


Following charges, Santos will be taken into custody by HCCC and returned to the facility.

At the time of his escape, Santos was serving time for terroristic threatening. It is expected that Escape 2 will be added to his charges.

The Department of Public Safety says Santos’ sentence end date was in June.

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