Inmate escapes from Columbia River Correctional Institution

According to emergency dispatch logs, the Portland Police Bureau was notified at 5:47 a.m. on Sunday

Danny Spillers in an undated photo released by the Oregon Department of Corrections, August 2, 2015
Danny Spillers in an undated photo released by the Oregon Department of Corrections, August 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A convicted burglar escaped from the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Northeast Portland early Sunday, less than 2 months after arriving in DOC custody.

Danny Spillers, 35, was discovered missing around 5:30 a.m. after staff found a broken window in the kitchen area, Oregon Department of Corrections Communications Manager Betty Bernt told KOIN 6 News.

The escape was reported to Portland police at 5:47 a.m. More than two dozen Portland Police units have been assigned to the call including the Air Support Unit, as well as multiple police K-9 unit.

Spillers is white, 6-feet and 185 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes. Officials said he may be wearing blue jeans with the word “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), plus a blue t-shirt with “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

He’s only been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since June 9. He was convicted of 4 counts of 2nd-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. His earliest release date on those crimes is April 13, 2017.

According to DOC, CRCI is a minimum-security facility. The prison sits on 26 acres near the Portland International Airport. It has a budgeted capacity of 553 inmates, according to DOC’s website.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward. Tips can be left online or by text – CRIMES to 823HELP – or by phone at 503.823.4357.

As soon as more information is released, KOIN 6 News will update this story.

Portland police and K-9 units search for escaped inmate Danny Spiller, August 2, 2015 (KOIN)
Portland police and K-9 units search for escaped inmate Danny Spiller, August 2, 2015 (KOIN)

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