Police issue alert to Kingston and surrounding area after dangerous inmate escapes Collins Bay

Police are warning the public that escaped Collins Bay inmate Joshua Kohl could be in the Kingston area.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad is alerting people in the Kingston area, and elsewhere, to be on the lookout for an inmate who has escaped from the Collins Bay Institution.

On the evening of May 16, 2023 Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) staff determined that an inmate was unaccounted for and immediately contacted the Penitentiary Squad.

Joshua Kenneth Kohl, age 42 is described as:

  • 183 cms (6′) tall, 72 kgs (158 lbs)
  • Short brown hair with a receding hairline and blue eyes
  • Has a pock-marked face and wears glasses
  • Has a tattoo on the right side of his neck
  • Photo attached

Kohl is serving an indeterminate sentence for second degree murder.

CSC is continuing to investigate the circumstances related to the escape and is working with police to locate and apprehend this offender as quickly as possible.

If you see Joshua Kohl or have any information on his whereabouts, do not approach this individual. Call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you are concerned for your personal safety, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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