This Morning the Jefferson County Sheriff's office reported that a stolen car was found in the area, after an inmate escaped from the nearby prison. This morning they reportedly found the car and are looking for the suspect.
The 31 year old escaped last night from the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution near Madras. Clinton Wwearingen was reported missing at 10:30 last night - he's a white male, 5 foot 6, about 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is serving time for theft, burglary and stealing a car.
Here's a news release from local hospital - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014
St. Charles Madras on lockdown due to escaped convict from Deer Ridge Correctional Institution
MADRAS, Oregon — St. Charles Madras officials decided to put the hospital on lockdown starting at 9 a.m. today in order to protect patients and staff as local law enforcement agencies search for an escaped convict from Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in the Madras area.
The lockdown means that patients who were scheduled to receive health care procedures at the facility today have been called to reschedule their appointments. Visitors will not be allowed into the facility while the lockdown is underway.
The lockdown will be lifted as soon as law enforcement and hospital officials deem the situation safe for patients, caregivers and families.
About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras and Redmond, and leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,400 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.