52-year old Ricky Bauders' body was found early Friday morning on Department of Corrections property near the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Vinita, according to the Craig County (Oklahoma) Sheriff's Office.

Bauders had walked away from the facility around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A man hunt has been underway since, searching for the escapee. A helicopter was used during the search.

Bauders was serving a 4-year sentence on burglary charges from Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of Bauders death.

The investigation will now be handled through state agencies.