Escaped prisoner captured in New Jersey

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NEW JERSEY -- A convict who escaped a New Jersey prison weeks before he was supposed to be paroled was captured Monday in Ocean County, officials said.

Arthur Buckel, 38, was found in a wooded area near the Garden State Parkway, Lacey Township police said.

He'd been the subject of an extensive manhunt since last Tuesday when he was discovered missing from a minimum-security prison in New Jersey. When guards did a count in the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Hammonton, Buckel wasn't there.

Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault, drug possession and burglary. He was scheduled to be considered for parole later this month.

He previously served 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a 10-month-old child.

Police used air and foot patrols to search for Buckel and extra officers were stationed at schools in the search area.

Before his capture Monday, Buckel was last seen late Sunday near a rest area along the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township.