Search continues in Chillicothe for parole violator who ran from deputies

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) — A Ross County fugitive has been on the run more than 24 hours and his family said he is dressed only in shorts and without shoes.

Friday parole authorities and sheriff deputies went to 23-year-old Jason Bowens sister’s house to arrest him after he stopped checking in with adult Parole authorities.

The Department of Corrections says Bowens could be armed. His sister said he is not, but one thing is for sure Bowens is on the run and authorities want to bring him in before someone gets hurt.

Bethany Barrows is Bowens sister, she said he was sleeping at her house when law enforcement came knocking.

“My oldest boy heard cops hollering for JJ (Bowens nickname) and he was in my middle bedroom, and he went and woke JJ up and when he realized it was them, he jumped out of my window and ran,” said Bowens.

Barrows said he ran into the woods west of State Route 104, with deputies and parole officer chasing after him.

“My brother does need help and I understand that, but that is my brother and my babies had to watch it all,” she said.

Correction officials said authorities came after Bowens because he was declared a violator at large after he stopped checking in with his parole officer last month and did not have a permanent address.

Barrows said her brother panicked and ran, because he wanted be here for his son’s birthday.

Overnight temperatures plummeted Friday night, but authorities said he has not been arrested. Bowens served a three year sentence in Lucasville prison and still faces 5 years of court-order post release control supervision. A Parole Officer told Barrows her brother could now face a felony escape charge, with a possibility of three years behind bars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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