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Inmate Drowns In Escape Attempt, Officials Say

November 28, 1987

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ An inmate who tried to escape by crawling through a drainage culvert drowned after a night of heavy rain, officials said Friday.

Jean Ulysses, 29, formerly of Haiti, had pried loose a grate leading to the pipe Thursday night at Tomoka Correctional Institute, and heavy silt hampered Volusia County sheriff’s divers who went after him, authorities said.

His body was recovered from the pipe when rains subsided Friday morning, said prison Superintendent Bill Booth. The inmate had been serving 20 years for second-degree murder.

Ulysses and Luis Tillan, 32, had crawled about 50 yards into the 48-inch- wide culvert that empties into a drainage pond.

Tillan, a Cuban who arrived in the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, was caught later Thursday night when he crawled out of the pipe, authorities said. They said neither inmate left the prison grounds.

Tillan, who is serving 17 years for burglary, assault and battery, rape and robbery, was charged with attempted escape.