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Penitentiary escapee sought in Mitchell

Law enforcement authorities are seeking an escapee from the penitentiary in Sioux Falls who has apparently been spotted in Mitchell.

The state Department of Corrections is searching for a state prison inmate who walked away from Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Inmate Davis Bull Bear was last seen at Unit C on the evening of July 30. He is a 19-year old Native American with black hair brown eyes. He is 5-feet-9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Police have been searching for Bull Bear in the Dakota Wesleyan University area of Mitchell this morning.

Bull Bear is serving a 5 year sentence for 3rd Degree Burglary out of Bennett County.

Anyone who sees Bull Bear or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement immediately.

The minimum-security units across the state house an average of more than 1,000 inmates daily. Unit C currently houses 288 inmates. Between 2,000 and 2,500 inmates are processed through the minimum-security units each year.

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