- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a state prison in Miami-Dade County.

Florida Department of Corrections officials say Ronald B. McCoy escaped Friday afternoon from the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City.

Prison records show that McCoy was serving a life sentence stemming from a string of robbery and assault charges in 2003.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary said Saturday that McCoy was unaccounted for after a routine count of inmates Friday afternoon. No additional details were released.

Cary says state and local law enforcement will “extend every resource to apprehend this inmate.”

Anyone with information about McCoy’s whereabouts are urged to call 911.

The prison has been under scrutiny and its warden was fired after the death of a mentally ill inmate.

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