Oregon prison inmate walks away from work crew

MADRAS, Ore. — Authorities say a state prison inmate walked away from a work crew in Central Oregon, and a search failed to find him.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports he was 36-year-old Jason Michael Donaldson.

He was among 20 inmates from the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras working on a project to reduce wildfire fuels at a trailhead near Bend.

He was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon. Deschutes County deputies say dogs and a plane were used in a search.

The Bulletin said details about escape — such as where guards and other inmates were — weren’t available.

Donaldson was serving time for theft, burglary and criminal mischief charges in Lane County. His release date was in 2016.

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