Public Safety: Hole in ceiling, open gate, possible staff misconduct helped Oahu inmate escape

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HONOLULU — Authorities say a hole in a ceiling and an open gate helped an inmate escape from the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

The state Department of Public Safety on Friday released some details from the investigation into Daniel Skelton's June escape.

The department says Skelton climbed through an opening in the ceiling of a shower area. He jumped off the roof and walked through an open gate. Shielded by darkness and parked cars, he walked out of parking lot's exit.

The investigation is looking into possible staff misconduct.

Public Safety Director Ted Sakai says officials overlooked the ceiling and roof when making security upgrades. He says some policies weren't followed properly.

Skelton was captured several days later. He was spotted running between homes in Nuuanu, sporting orange hair.

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