Detectives track down inmate who bolted from Salt Lake City drug program

Ryan Thomas Miller. Photo: Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials said Monday morning a Utah County Jail inmate who recently walked away from a Salt Lake City drug program has been located.

Ryan Thomas Miller, 26, of Orem, was allowed to move to the Odyssey House of Utah in Salt Lake City, a news release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says. Odyssey House provides a residential substance abuse treatment program.

Miller agreed to wear a GPS ankle monitor, which was required for him to be allowed to move to Odyssey House.

Last Monday, he removed the ankle monitor and left the program, the news release says.

On Oct. 19, Miller was captured by detectives following a traffic stop in Salt Lake County, said a follow-up news release. “Investigators developed information that Miller was at a home in Salt Lake County,” the news release said. “A car left that home and detectives recognized Miller sitting in the back seat of that car. He had heroin and methamphetamine in his possession.”

There were also six different warrants for Miller’s arrest out of 4th District Court in Utah County.

“Miller clearly has problems with substance abuse and his extensive Utah criminal history is full of convictions for drug possession,” the news release said. “He also has convictions for burglary, vehicle burglary, theft, domestic violence, escape, forgery, stolen credit card possession and use, trespass, and more. As with others struggling with addiction, many of Miller’s crimes are committed to support his addiction. He, like many others, needs treatment. But he also, like many others, needs at least some incarceration to protect society from him until he becomes committed to recovery.”

Miller was previously being held on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Theft, multiple counts
  • Attempted possession of credit card (stolen)
  • Forgery

He now also will be facing a charge of escape, a third-degree felony.


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