Inmate escapes from central Oregon prison

Clinton Swearingen II, reported prison escapee. (ODOC)
Clinton Swearingen II, reported prison escapee. (ODOC)

MADRAS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A manhunt is underway for an escaped Oregon inmate Monday.

Oregon Department of Corrections officials say staff at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution near Madras, Ore. discovered Clinton Swearingen II had escaped around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Swearingen, 31, was placed into DOC custody Feb. 4 on one count of theft in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the second degree and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Linn County.

His earliest release date was set at Dec. 10, 2017 prior to the escape. It’s unclear whether Swearingen was being held in the prison’s minimum- or medium-security facility.

Swearingen is described as a white man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He may still be wearing his prison uniform — blue jeans with the word “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Anyone with information regarding Swearingen’s whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1.800.452.7888.

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