Shannon Dewayne Watts

The Missouri Department of Corrections says Shannon Dewayne Watts went missing about 12:45 a.m. Monday.

SEDALIA, MO (KCTV) – An inmate who escaped from a crew that was helping to clean up after the Missouri State Fair was found unconscious with apparent head injuries.

Shannon Dewayne Watts, a Tipton Correctional Center inmate who walked away from his work site at the Missouri State Fair after completing his work-release job late Sunday night, was apprehended at 11:20 p.m. Monday.

Pettis County authorities reported Watts was found near Highway B between Sedalia and Green Ridge, Missouri. He was taken by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment.

The Missouri Department of Corrections said Watts went missing around 12:45 a.m. Monday.

Watts, 34, is a minimum-security inmate. He is serving a sentence for second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of forgery, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm, and leaving the scene of an accident in Greene County, as well as two counts of resisting arrest in Tane County.

The Corrections Emergency Response Team was activated and assisted local law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the search for the escaped inmate.

Sunday marked the final day of the 11-day Missouri State Fair. All year, teams of minimum-security work-release offenders perform maintenance and other work under close supervision at the fairgrounds. Larger teams are tapped during the fair to help with setup, cleanup, grounds-keeping and other duties. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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