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Authorities search for escaped Parchman inmate

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PARCHMAN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An inmate has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary

Michael Dowda was discovered missing while on a work detail with maintenance at the penitentiary about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. He was last seen wearing a Mississippi Department of Corrections shirt and green and white striped pants.

Authorities believe he is driving a white 2005 Silverado truck, possibly stolen from prison grounds.

The truck has Yalobusha County plates, a disability tag and tag number 0922. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The 48-year old white man has brown eyes, brown hair and weighs 195 pounds.

Dowda is serving a life sentence for murder from Harrison County.

Anyone with any information or sightings of Dowda should contact local law enforcement.

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