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Search continues for escaped inmate


Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputies located the vehicle on Jamestown Road. They searched the area looking for the occupant with K9 Beau. Highway patrol was on scene recovering the vehicle.

California prison officials and other law enforcement officers are continuing the search for a Tuolumne County man who escaped from a Kern County prison Friday night.

Officials announced a reward for information on the whereabouts of Daniel Lucas Salazar, 30, but did not say the amount of the reward.

Salazar apparently drove a fire camp pickup truck from North Kern County State Prison in Delano and was discovered to be missing at a regular count around 9:10 p.m. The truck was found on the side of Jamestown Road in Tuolumne County Saturday.

The prison is medium security with a minimum security facility that includes a 10-bed firehouse. It is about 188 miles south of Sonora off Highway 99.

Tuolumne County deputies searched the area with K9 Beau. Officials said he was considered armed and dangerous.

Salazar was serving a three–year, eight-month sentence for second-degree robbery and using someone else’s identification stemming from an incident in Tuolumne County.

He entered the prison system in August 2016. Salazar was scheduled to be released in March.

The Dodge Ram was found unoccupied on Jamestown Road near Star Mobile Estates.

A woman posted on Facebook this morning that her family believed he was coming back to Tuolumne County to see his son, her nephew.

Salazar has short black hair, hazel eyes and weighs about 185 pounds.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office asked that anyone who sees him call 209-533-5815 or 911.