Jail employee fired after inmate escapes

Charles Dwight Ransom

After an internal investigation into the escape of an inmate from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on November 21st, Horry County says one staff member was terminated and another will be disciplined next week.

Inmate Charles Dwight Ransom was released from the jail around 5 p.m. on November 21st after jail officials say he pretended to be another inmate, Nathaniel Mack Martinez.

Martinez had been given bond, gave his identification armband to Ransom and Ransom left the jail as Martinez.

Horry County says the jail's internal investigation revealed procedural errors made by staff and all have been corrected.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office and the United States Marshall Service Fugitive Task Force are actively investigating the escape.

Ransom has not been found. He's 5' 10" tall weighing 200 pounds. He has a shaved head and wears a mustache and goatee.