Escaped NERCC inmate back in custody

The inmate is currently in custody in the Douglas County Jail awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.

A multipurpose area at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center as seen on a tour of the facility near Saginaw north of Duluth in 2015. (2015 file / News Tribune)

An inmate who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center on Friday has been located and taken back into custody. According to an update from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Keith Cochise Bellanger was located in Superior on Tuesday.

He was taken into custody without incident outside of a local hotel. Bellanger is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail, awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, NERCC staff reported that Bellanger had fled on foot from the Saginaw-area correctional facility. Sheriff's deputies followed his tracks in the snow to Shady Lane near Caribou Lake. After losing the trail, they used K-9s to continue the pursuit 4 miles through the woods to Lindahl Road, where the trail was again lost.

Bellanger has a history of domestic violence and is currently facing an attempted murder charge.

Bellanger was located through a coordinated effort from officers, deputies and federal agents from several agencies including: St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Superior Police Department, Duluth Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime taskforce and North Star Fugitive task force.


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Keith Cochise Bellanger

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