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Escaped Killer James Ladd Caught, Survived on Acorns for Five Days

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, N.C.) -- An escaped killer from a North Carolina prison survived on the lam for five days eating acorns and was captured Thursday when he ventured into a town looking for water, authorities told ABC News.

James Ladd, 51, was captured in the garage of a home just 10 miles from the Tillery Correctional Center, the minimum security prison farm in Halifax, N.C., which he escaped from on Sunday morning.

Authorities received a tip that Ladd was in the area and began searching when a passersby pointed them to the garage where a man matching Ladd's description had been spotted, said Keith Acree, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Ladd "was on his own" and did not appear to have received help, Acree said.

When Ladd was discovered he was wearing his black prison-issued trousers and a coat that he acquired outside the prison, Acree said.

Ladd told authorities he had "been rambling in the woods," surviving on acorns and entered town to look for water.

Ladd, convicted of the 1980 robbery and shooting death of two men in Yadkin County, had been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. On account of good behavior in prison for 31 years, he had been transferred to a minimum security prison farm. Authorities found his abandoned tractor at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, leading to a statewide manhunt.

Bloodhounds quickly lost his scent and helicopters were unable to spot him.

Ladd was captured two days after his mother, Lena Ladd, told ABC News that her son was "smart enough" to stay on the lam without getting caught.

He is currently being held at the central prison in Raleigh and has been charged with escape.

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Escaped Killer's Mom Says James Ladd 'Smart Enough' to Evade Capture

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, N.C.) -- The mother of a convicted killer who escaped from a North Carolina prison farm said Tuesday her son is "smart enough" to remain on the lam without getting caught.

State authorities have launched a massive manhunt for James Ladd, 51, who walked off the grounds of a minimum-security prison farm on Sunday. Ladd was sentenced to serve three life sentences for the 1980 shooting deaths of two men in Yadkin County.

"No, I haven't heard from him. I don't know where he is," said a sobbing Lena Ladd, 69, when contacted by ABC News.

Her son has been in prison for 31 years, but Lena Ladd said that won't be a problem for her son. She said he is "smart enough" to still be able to evade the police.

Lena Ladd would not say if she had been in regular contact with her son over the course of his imprisonment.

She said she "couldn't sleep at all" since learning her son had escaped.

Ladd walked off the grounds Sunday morning of the Tillery Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison farm in Halifax, N.C. Authorities found the tractor he'd been riding abandoned at 10 a.m.

Police dogs were able to track Ladd's scent only a short distance before the trail went cold, suggesting he may have gotten in a car, said Keith Acree, a spokesman for the state prison system. Helicopters also searched the area.

"The search is continuing," Acree told ABC News. "But if he got in a car on Sunday, he could be hundreds of miles away."

Authorities said he caused few problems during his time in prison, being disciplined for only minor infractions, including most recently unauthorized tobacco use. That record of good behavior earned him a bunk at a minimum-security prison and permission to work outside.

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