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Strickland Still at Large After Jail Escape

Daniel Prince

Jail suit, food, other clothing found in a field

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and others continue to search for escaped inmate David Paul Strickland. Captain Scott Coffer sent out an update on the search Monday afternoon, saying that the K-9 unit and deputies from Union and York counties searched until 3 a.m. Saturday morning, but due to the weather, the K-9 lost Strickland’s scent. Saturday evening around 7:30, a citizen encountered Strickland on their property. Deputies and SLED agents responded and began tracking Strickland with bloodhounds and the SLED helicopter, but they lost the track after a few hours. Sometime on Sunday, they found Strickland’s jail suit in a field near where deputies had been searching, along with nonperishable foods. They also found the clothing that Strickland was wearing Saturday.

Investigators are continuing to search the area where he was last seen. They are also interviewing cellmates of Strickland’s and those Strickland has reached out to or are acquaintances of him. Strickland has been charged with escaping and has been placed in NCIC.

The release states that another inmate attempted to escape with Strickland and will be charged once the investigation is complete.

If anyone has any information on Strickland’s whereabouts, call 911 or Crimestoppers at 427-0800.

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