- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials say an Iowa inmate has escaped from a work release facility.

The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Jessie Hickman Smith was placed on escape status Monday after failing to return to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility from employment.

Smith was transferred to work release in March. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says Smith was serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery. He began his sentence in May 2007.

The public is encouraged to contact the Des Moines Police Department or the Polk County Sheriff’s Department if they have information about Smith’s whereabouts.

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