Idaho escapee captured … nineteen years later

BOISE, ID - An inmate who escaped from what is now known as the East Boise Community Re-entry Center nineteen years ago is in custody -- after the Idaho Department of Correction’s Special Investigations Unit located her living under an assumed name in South Dakota.

Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rhonda L. Blake, 57, at a home in Rapid City on Nov. 27th of this year. 

Blake had been a fugitive since walking away from what was then known as the Boise Work Center -- on December 24, 1998.

On May 27, 1997, in Gem County, Blake was placed on probation for two years and six months for illegal possession of a controlled substance. 

At the time of her escape, Blake was serving a 180-day rider for violating the terms of her probation.

In addition to being a fugitive, Blake was wanted in connection with a 2009 misdemeanor drunk-driving arrest in South Dakota. 

“When that case is resolved, Blake will be extradited to Idaho to face charges related to her escape,” said IDOC spokesman Jeff Ray. 

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