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Authorities searching for escaped inmate in Harnett County

Posted September 14

— Authorities on Thursday were searching for an inmate who escaped from custody in Harnett County.

Authorities said Micahel D. Clark, 51, was on a work assignment involving a construction project at Harnett Correctional Institution when he escaped.

Clark is a minimum security inmate serving a sentence at the Sanford Correctional Center for felony breaking and entering. He was set to be released in February 2020.

A spokeswoman with the Harnett County School District said two school buildings and the Central Services building were on lockdown Thursday afternoon, but that was lifted when authorities said students could be released.

A Highway Patrol helicopter as well as Harnett County sheriff's deputies and prison system officers have been searching the area for Clark since about 11:30 a.m.

Clark's escape comes one day after an inmate escaped from the Greene Correctional Institution. That inmate was later arrested in Benson.

Anybody with information about Clark’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Sanford Correction Center at 919-776-4325.

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