FRESNO, Calif. --The Merced County Sheriff's Office says a convicted murderer escaped while being transported from Wasco State Prison to Stockton, California.
The inmate, Jeffery Scott Landers, is considered highly dangerous. Officials are urging residents to not try to contact or apprehend if located.
Officials say Landers escaped somewhere in the area of Sultana Drive and Liberty Avenue in the Livingston area.
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The Merced County Sheriff's Office released the following statement to Action News:
Convicted Murderer escapes during Prison Transport
Merced County California- Law Enforcement personnel has launched an active investigation and manhunt in attempts to apprehend a wanted Escapee. Merced County Sheriff's Office received an emergency assistance request from officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation just shortly after 6:00p.m., this evening.
CDC officials reported while transporting Inmate Jeffery Scott Landers, from Wasco State Prison to Stockton California, he managed to escapee from Officers custody. Landers escaped from Officers, possibly in the area of Sultana Drive and Liberty Avenue in the Livingston California area.
Landers is described as a 34 year old white male adult, 5-8, brown hair, hazel eyes, medium built, eagle tattoo on chest
Landers is a convicted murderer, who has been sentenced. Landers is considered highly dangerous. Law Enforcement Officials are asking anyone with information as to Landers whereabouts to dial 911. Do not try to contact or apprehend if located.