Toormina escapee is still on the run

Escapee Ashley Cullen.
Escapee Ashley Cullen.

POLICE are still hunting a convicted Toormina criminal who escaped from a NSW jail almost three months ago, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

Ashley Cullen, 21, has not been seen since he broke out of the Glen Innes jail with fellow North Coast inmates Reegan Freeburn and Zac Cree on April 4.

The trio managed to get away with a 13 hour head start before they were discovered missing.

Corrective Service chiefs have refused to be drawn on how the inmates got out due to security reasons and will only confirm the three were "secured" in the unit they shared about 6.30pm and could not be found at the morning muster.

In the weeks that followed their escape, Freeburn, a convicted woman basher from Grafton, was returned to jail along with Cree who was found near his old stomping ground on the Gold Coast but police have found no trace of Cullen.

It's believed the three parted ways soon after their escape and he could have returned to the Mid North Coast.

Cullen lived in the Coffs Harbour area for several years before his arrest.

He was serving four years and nine months for fraud and his part in a South Grafton home invasion where a man was tied up and a woman raped.

A parole release date had been set for February next year.

Cullen is described as caucasian, about 182cms tall with a thin build and light brown hair.

Anyone who sees him is urged to phone 000.



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