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Walk Away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp (CC #45)

Santa Cruz, California – A minimum-security inmate from the California Correctional Center walked away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp (CC #45) on September 2, 2014.

The inmate, John Collard, 56, is a White male, 5’ 7” tall, who weighs 155 pounds, and has green eyes and grey hair.  He was last seen at the camp at approximately 1:00 pm.  Staff from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CALFIRE discovered Collard missing at about 4:00 pm. 

It is believed that Collard left the camp driving a white 2006 Ford F250 4-door pickup with a white camper shell.  The truck has California license plate #1169407 and has black numbers “282” on the front and rear bumpers.

CDCR, CALFIRE, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Collard. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Collard was committed to CDCR on February 4, 2013, from Monterey County for making a criminal threat, resisting/deterring an officer with the threat of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on January 4, 2018.

Collard was last seen wearing orange, CDCR state-issued clothing. Anyone seeing Collard should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately or the Watch Commander at Ben Lomond Conservation Camp at (530) 257-2181, ext. 4173.

Ben Lomond is one of 42 conservation camps operated by CDCR and CALFIRE and houses 100 minimum security inmate fire-fighters who fight wild land fires and also work on fire-prevention brush clearing and other community projects.

September 2, 2014
Y. “Chrissy” Hackler, PIO/AA
(530)257-2181 extension 4110