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Authorities: Prison escapee southeast of Salem

Published On: May 09 2014 02:38:52 PM CDT
PORTLAND, Ore. -

Oregon State Police say a man who escaped from a Central Oregon prison has been seen in the Cascade Range town Mill City southeast of Salem.

The police said Friday morning that several people had reported seeing 31-year-old Clinton Orvill Swearingen II within the last 24 hours, one person saying he was driving a small red truck.

Prison officials said he climbed a razor-wire fence Sunday to escape from the minimum-security Deer Ridge Correctional Institution and left behind bloody clothes in nearby Madras.

Mill City is along the North Santiam River and straddles the line between Marion and Linn counties. Swearingen was sent to prison in February and serving time for theft and burglary convictions from Linn County.

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