Inmate Escapes Ala. Work Release Program

Inmate Escapes Ala. Work Release Program

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HAMILTON, Ala. -

Alabama Department of Corrections officials say they're searching for an inmate who escaped from a work release center.

Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Orton fled the Hamilton Community Work Center and has been missing since Saturday night.

AL.com reports Orton was missing during a bed check and was last seen wearing blue denim shorts and no shirt. Orton is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair.

Orton was sentenced to 10 years on drug charges in 2012.

According to the department's website, the work release center employs inmates in mobile home construction, physical labor, the furniture industry and storm window and door production. The facility has a capacity of 264 inmates.

Hamilton is about 55 miles southwest of Florence.

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