Mother says captured Indiana escapee has cancer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The mother of an escaped inmate who was captured at her southern Indiana home says he broke out of the Indiana State Prison after he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

Sixty-nine-year-old Geraldine Lynch tells The Associated Press that her son Lance Battreal intended to surrender to authorities after walking from the prison in Michigan City -- about 250 miles away -- to visit her in Rockport.

She says her son has thyroid cancer that recently returned after being in remission.

Authorities arrested the 45-year-old convicted rapist about 1 a.m. Tuesday in the Ohio River town.

Battreal along with convicted murderers 48-year-old Charles Smith and 46-year-old Mark Booher escaped July 12. Smith was captured the following day in nearby Grand Beach, Mich., while officials say Booher remains at large.

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