LACEY, NJ - NJ Radio 101.5, the New Jersey State Police and Lacey Township Police are reporting that Arthur Buckel is still in Ocean County.
The search for Buckel, convicted of manslaughter in the death of a baby, is back on in Ocean County, as law enforcement swarmed over the Forked River service area on the Garden State Parkway on Sunday night after he failed to show up for an arranged surrender.
Lacey Police said Buckel — who escaped from a work detail at the Ancora Hospital of Bayshore State Prison in South Jersey last Tuesday — had notified family he wanted to turn himself in and arrangements were made with New Jersey State Police to meet at the service area near Exit 77.
But he left the area before surrendering, authorities said. Lacey Police, Berkeley Township Police, State Police and the New Jersey Department of Corrections set up a command post and began a search of the immediate area.
Police said Buckel is believed to have headed north on foot from the service area and are focusing their search on the west side of the northbound Parkway and in Berkeley Township. K9 teams tracked him to Double Trouble State Park, according to PIX11.
Buckel is now clean-shaven and was last seen wearing a grey, long-sleeve sweatshirt; grey shorts and work boots, according to Lacey Police.
Lacey Police said school in their community will be in session as usual. Additional personnel will be in place at the Mill Pond and Cedar Creek schools along with extra patrols in the areas of concern for children at the bus stops. School personnel will be providing additional monitoring and supervision as well during the arrival of students. Parents are asked to stay with their children at the bus stops.