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Authorities Continue Search for Inmate Escapee

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Authorities are still searching for a convicted sex offender who escaped yesterday from Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

42 year old Dean Randolph Jess escaped at 11 o'clock Monday morning.

Warden Leroy Kirkegard says the Department of Homeland Security is now involved with the search.

Jess was working for a motor maintenance crew on a service call when he escaped on the south perimeter.

The vehicle Jess was traveling in was recovered 30 minutes later, about a mile and a half south of prison property.

In addition to the ground search by four branches of law enforcement, the Montana Highway Patrol provided a helicopter for aerial surveillance Monday evening.

The Department of Homeland Security proved aerial surveillance this morning.

The area Jess escaped into is very rugged and covered with trees.

So far, the searches have turned up nothing.

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