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Authorities launch manhunt after inmate escapes from Stillwater prison

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A manhunt is underway in Minnesota after a 40-year-old inmate escaped from the Stillwater Prison Friday morning.

Bayport Police said in a news release that Patrick James Buswell "walked away" from the minimum security area of prison, in Bayport at about 10:30 a.m. He was part of a works crew and was mowing a lawn when he left.

Buswell is described at 5 feet, 6 inches tall, a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

"If you located someone who matches this description, please do NOT approach and call 911 immediately," the release says.

Law enforcement officials have since set up a perimeter in the area as they conduct the search.

Buswell is serving a 60-month sentence for a weapons offense, the Department of Corrections says in a news release. He was received in the state prison system on Jan. 5, and has been assigned to minimum-custody status since Feb. 25. His estimated supervised release date was Jan. 2, 2018.

FOX 9 reporter Tom Lyden was told by Bayport police that Buswell "is likely long gone." Lyden adds that he had recently been moved to the minimum security section of the prison.

Anyone with information about the escapee should call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 651-439-9381, or call 9-1-1.

Just last month, a search was launched in nearby western Wisconsin when three inmates from a correctional center in St. Croix County escaped. All of them were later apprehended.

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