Posted: Jul 1, 2013 2:15 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2013 11:22 AM
Authorities are looking for a man who escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge this morning.
At around 11 a.m., Dean Randolph Jess, 42, escaped while on a service call for Motor Vehicle Maintenance, according to a news release from the prison.
The vehicle Jess was traveling in was found abandoned on the southern perimeter of the prison ranch. Prison officials do not know his mode of travel or the direction he may be heading.
Jess was wearing a blue shirt and pants. He is 5'10" tall, medium build and 180 pounds. He is a white male with green eyes and a shaved head.
Emergency procedures have been activated and law enforcement agencies in the surrounding areas have been notified. The Department of Corrections considers any escapee dangerous and urges people to contact local law enforcement if they have any information about Jess.
Jess was sentenced in September 2005 for incest and failure to register as a sexual or violent offender.