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Work-release inmate who walked away from Boise job site is back in custody

IDOC investigators found Venecia Lopez Thursday afternoon in Garden City.
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Venecia Lopez

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Correction said Thursday that investigators have found the East Boise Community Re-entry Center inmate who walked away from her job site earlier in the week.

Before Thursday, Venecia M. Lopez hadn't been seen since Sunday afternoon on West Elder Street, just off I-84 near Vista Avenue in Boise.

The IDOC's Special Investigations Unit located Lopez at 12:50 p.m. Thursday at a home in Garden City. She was booked into the Ada County Jail.

IDOC thanks the Garden City Police Department for their assistance with this case.

Lopez has been serving two to five years for possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced on April 16, 2019, in Ada County, and was scheduled to be eligible for parole on Oct. 3, 2021. Her sentence was to be discharged on Oct. 2, 2024.

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