AP: Florence, CO. - The Federal Division of Prisons is still trying to piece together exactly what and how it happened, but it would appear that Samuel Wells, better known as Headman, was processed to be transferred to an undisclosed federally contracted state Supermax Prison Facility in the early morning hours of March 2. He boarded the inmate transfer van, and then he vanished.

Authorities are at a loss to explain what transpired. According to the Department of Justice, no transfer of the notorious inmate had been scheduled at all, yet Warden Jim Story at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility followed every dictum and nuance of protocol. Official documents requiring Headman's transfer as well as transcripts and call log data to confirm that he verified the Supreme Court order he received were handed over to the FBI.

"This is simply boggling," a federal official stated to the press on condition of anonymity. "The documents are there, they were all verified, sealed, and delivered with due process and protocol. Both the holding and the receiving facility did their homework, and there are even records that traces back indicating that both wardens called the issuing federal judge to make sure that the documents were real and in the system."

The FBI is launching a complete and thorough inquiry into the Division of Prisons and the federal court system, in fear that the processes that determine placement of federal prisoners are compromised.

More on this story as it develops.

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