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Inmate walks away from state jail in Plainview

Saturday, January 11, 2003

PLAINVIEW, Texas (AP) - Authorities were searching for an inmate who walked off his job as an animal caretaker at the Formby Unit state jail at Plainview.

Jerry Madry, 52, was last reported seen about 5:30 p.m. Friday near the warden's home. A special count of inmates was ordered at 6 p.m., and officials said it was confirmed that Madry was unaccounted for.

Tracking dogs were called in from the Clements Unit, a state prison in Amarillo, to assist in the search for Madry.

He was serving a 20-year sentence for forgery, said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville.

Madry arrived at the Formby Unit on April 6, 2001, and would have been eligible for parole in two months, Lyons said.

When he was seen Friday evening, Madry was wearing a jail-issued white uniform and olive green jacket. Lyons described him as white, 224 pounds and 6-foot-2 with blue eyes and gray hair.

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Anyone who suspects seeing Madry is asked to call the TDCJ command center in Huntsville at 936-437-5148 or call local law enforcement officials.

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