Truck reported stolen where escaped inmate last seen in Okmulgee area

Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 12:32:40-04

MORRIS, Okla. -- Authorities continue to search Tuesday for an escaped inmate in Okmulgee County.

Schools in Morris were on lockdown for four hours, while authorities searched for 35-year-old Skipper Rowland. 

The inmate escaped from a transport van along US-266 near Highway 52 east of Dewar. McClain County deputies said Rowland somehow broke free from his handcuffs and belly chain and kicked the van's door open. They believe he could have used a tool during his escape.

Rowland is believed dangerous and may be armed. A witness said the inmate was barefoot and not wearing a jumpsuit upon his escape.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said a red 1999 Ford F-350 model truck was stolen Tuesday in the area where officials were searching for Rowland. Authorities are on the look out for the truck, which has a flatbed attached and a white feed bin on the back. The owner of the truck said it does not go faster than 15 miles per hour.

The tag number is 743JNF.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rowland is asked to call 911. Anyone with any other information about his escape is asked to call the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office at 918-756-4311.

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