The following is a press release provided by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office on the capture of escaped inmate John Wesley Saatio:
Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office have been working throughout the day attempting to locate the escaped inmate from yesterday evening. John Wesley Saatio escaped from a private inmate transportation vehicle during a restroom break at mile marker 29 (Eastbound I-10) rest area.
At approximately 1852 hrs, a citizen called our Dispatch center advising us of a suspicious person walking in a wooded area. Based on the description provided, it was believed to be John Saatio. Deputies arrived at the location a short time later and deployed a K-9 unit. A track began on the southeast side of Antietam Rd in Milton. The track led Deputies through a large field and through several small creeks. Additional resources were called in from Santa Rosa Correctional Institute (CI) K-9, Okaloosa CI K-9, Century CI k-9 and FWC. K-9 units continued to track Saatio south for approximately 2 miles where he was quickly approaching Yellow River. When the units caught up to Saaito approximately 4 hours later, he was apprehended without incident. Saatio was searched and 2 makeshift handcuff keys were located in his socks.
Saaito was transported to the Santa Rosa County Jail where he remains under close watch. Charges will include escape and possession of a handcuff key. Additional charges are pending at this time.
Thank you to all the agencies that assisted in this investigation.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating missing inmate 36-year-old John Wesley Saatio, who escaped from a private transportation company passing through Santa Rosa County.
Saatio was first reported missing when the company stopped at the rest area on Interstate 10 at mile marker 29. He escaped during their restroom break around 10:30 p.m. last night.
Deputies have been searching the area near the rest stop with the assistance of K-9 units. Several other law enforcement agencies assisted along with a helicopter.
Saatio was described as a white male, 6’ tall with brown hair, blue eyes, a goatee and visible tattoos. He was last seen wearing civilian clothing.
At this time, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has not been able to locate Saatio, but they have information leading them to believe he may have left Santa Rosa County.
Anyone who has any information related to this individual is urged to call 911 immediately.
This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.