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Statewide search for man who fled prison while serving on work detail

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The search continues for parolee escaped from work detail at Thumb Correctional Facility.

Authorities said the 31-year-old man was brought to the Lapeer prison as part of a work detail. Officials say while mowing grass outside the prison walls, he took off.

The Michigan Department of Corrections said the missing man is Darrell Allen Stallard, who was put on parole in December 2011. He had just finished serving time for an armed robbery out of southwestern Michigan.

Stallard was in the Tuscola Residential Reentry Program at the Tuscola Work Camp. Authorities say he was technically on parole, but may have been receiving "programming" at the facility like learning social skills or anger management.

Stallard was mowing grass around the prison when the work supervisor noticed his lawnmower was unattended during a regular check. Authorities later found his clothing but say he had been wearing shorts and a T-shirt under the prison garb.

Police said Stallard walked in a northerly direction until he used a local citizen's cell phone, after stating his car broke down and he needed to call someone for a ride. He was then picked up by an "unidentified associate" in a teal color pickup, police said.  

Students at Lapeer Community Schools were placed on lockdown for a short time Tuesday as police searched for Stallard.

Stallard was described as white, standing about 5'11" tall and weighing 165 pounds. He currently has a bald head.

The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office is a part of the search, which is being handled by the Michigan State Police. The sheriff's office is also providing a tracking dog.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, the prison was built in 1987 and has six Level II housing units for men. Four housing units are for adult offenders and two housing units are for youthful offenders. The segregation unit is equipped with stainless steel sinks and toilets and slotted doors for feeding.

The perimeter security includes triple 12-foot fences with razor-ribbon wire, towers, electronic perimeter detection systems and before cuts were implemented this year, a perimeter vehicle with armed personnel.

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