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Search continues for Montana State Prison escapee

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Jun 02, 2020

DEER LODGE — The search continued Monday for an inmate who escaped from the Montana State Prison early Saturday morning.

Prison officials reported the escape about 8 a.m. Saturday when inmate Preston Scott Tucker was unaccounted for at a work re-entry center in the prison.

“Within probably three hours I had air support, we were looking not only on the ground but in the air for the inmate and as its progressed through the weekend there's been not that much more information that we’ve learned,” said Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles.

Sheriff Roselles said investigators do not believe Tucker had any help, "at this time, we don’t have any indication he had any outside assistance, we don’t have any indication that he had a vehicle lined up or anything,” he said.

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Preston Scott Tucker

Investigators have followed up on several leads since the escape. “We’ve looked at video from businesses in town here based on possible sights, but at this point there is nothing that has pointed us to what they’ve seen as related to the inmate,” said Roselles.

Anyone who sees the inmate should assume he’s dangerous and not approach him and immediately notify law enforcement. “Obviously an escaped inmate is considered dangerous and historically bad things have happened when you get escaped inmates in a population or anywhere in that case,” Roselles said.

Tucker was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018 on burglary and stalking charges out of Yellowstone County.