- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - An inmate serving time in the U.S. Penitentiary, Atwater in the San Joaquin Valley remains at large after escaping from the minimum security facility.

The Merced Sun-Star reports (http://bit.ly/2jmOv8h ) 47-year-old Eric Pree was discovered missing from the federal prison about 10 a.m. Sunday.

The prison houses about 130 men.

Officials say Pree was serving a sentence of eight years and five months for conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Officials did not say how Pree escaped. The public wasn’t notified of the escape until 6 p.m. Sunday. Prison officials did not immediately respond to phone messages left by the newspaper on Sunday evening.

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Information from: Merced Sun-Star, http://www.mercedsun-star.com

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