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Bloody clothes found in Madras neighborhood may belong to inmate

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MADRAS, OR (KPTV) -

State and local police are continuing to search for a man who escaped from prison in Central Oregon earlier this week.

Surveillance video showed Clinton Swearingen II climbed a razor-wire fence at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution on Sunday at 9:20 p.m.

Prison staff discovered him missing when they were performing an inmate count at 10:15 p.m.

A number of agencies have taken part in the search for Swearingen, and over the course of the last few days, they came upon two clues. Detectives recovered blood from a stolen vehicle abandoned in a Madras neighborhood, and they also found bloody clothes that have since been sent to a crime lab to determine if they belong to Swearingen.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins doesn't believe Swearingen is in the Madras area anymore, but he can't confirm that, so authorities advise everyone in the small Central Oregon town remain vigilant.

Swearingen was serving time in prison for charges of theft, burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, charges for which he was convicted in Linn County. His earliest release date was in 2017.

The prison from which he escaped is a minimum security facility located four miles east of Madras.

He is described as white, 31 years old, 5'6" and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Swearingen's whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-452-7888.

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