Furlough inmate escapee arrested in Waikiki
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Furlough inmate escapee arrested in Waikiki


Police arrested a 41-year-old furlough inmate after she reportedly escaped from a residential furlough facility in Honolulu on Thanksgiving Day.

Police located and arrested Lila Welch, an inmate of the Women’s Community Correctional Center, in Waikiki shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of second-degree escape.

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety sought the public’s help in locating Welch after staff of the YWCA Fernhurst reported her missing on Nov. 22. She lived and worked at the Fernhurst facility as part of the extended furlough program.

Welch is serving time for promotion of a dangerous drug in the third-degree and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

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