An inmate on work release in Lake of the Woods County who fled across the Canadian border on a snowmobile earlier this month will be returned to Baudette, Minn.
Jordan Coughlin, 27, Baudette, was apprehended March 11 in Vancouver, B.C.
He later was taken to Bellingham, Wash., where he waived extradition earlier this week. Law enforcement officers will travel to Washington within the next week to return him to Baudette, said Larry Sipe, a corrections officer at Lake of the Woods County Jail.
Coughlin had been in jail on a probation violation, Sipe said, and had been working at Cyrus Resort on Lake of the Woods through the county work release program, when he failed to return to the jail on March 2. He had been last seen on a snowmobile at about 5:30 a.m. that day, according to a report from the county sheriff's office.
A $10,000 reward was offered by Coughlin's family for his safe return, a notice in the local media said.
On March 9, the sheriff's office executed search warrants for Coughlin's cell phone and Facebook accounts, according to a report in the Northern Light Region, the Baudette newspaper.
According to that account, Lake of the Woods Sheriff's Department was notified the following day by the Ontario Provincial Police that Coughlin had been observed riding a snowmobile without a helmet in Kenora, Ont.
The report said the constable instructed Coughlin to purchase a helmet or he would be cited. However, the constable was called away from the scene on another matter. When he returned later that evening, the snowmobile was still parked at the location, but the suspect was gone.
At the time, Ontario police did not know that a search for Coughlin had been underway in Minnesota.
Ontario police then checked the local Greyhound Bus manifests and learned that Coughlin had boarded a bus bound for Vancouver. Canadian authorities were waiting for him when he arrived, the report said.
Coughlin originally had been jailed in Lake of the Woods County on a probation violation in connection with an earlier driving while intoxicated charge, court records say.