Monroe prison escapee still being sought

MONROE — Prison officials were still looking Sunday evening for an inmate who escaped from the minimum-security unit of the Monroe Correction Complex on Friday.

Jeff Rean, 19, had been held in Monroe since April on a conviction of second-degree assault. His early release date from the facility was to be March 13, 2006.

"We’re still searching," spokeswoman Jane McKenzie said Sunday evening. "There are some tips that we’re following right now. We still have search teams looking for him in the area."

Rean is listed as Asian, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 138 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tattoo that says "player 4 life" on his right hand. He also has three dots on his right hand.

Anyone who sees him or any suspicious activity is asked to call 911.

Rean apparently escaped by using clothing to pull away the razor wire on top of a fence.

Gold Bar

Young ATV rider rescued: Firefighters had to use their ropes rescue team on Saturday after a 13-year-old girl crashed on her off-road vehicle near Gold Bar, falling 40 feet and possibly breaking a leg.

Snohomish County Fire District 26 Chief Eric Andrews said the teen apparently lost control of her four-wheel ATV, crashed and then fell over a steep embankment next to the road.

She apparently got ahead of other family members on a morning outing to Reiter Pit, a popular off-roading spot just east of Gold Bar. Her parents looked for her for about two hours without finding her.

Finally, another off-roader heard her calls for help after he stopped at the cliff to relieve himself.

After being rescued, the teen was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with what Andrews said were injuries to her lower extremities and with hypothermia from being stuck in the cold for more than two hours.

Her name was not released, and no more information was available on her condition at press time.

From Herald staff reports

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