PARCHMAN, Miss. (WTVA) -- An inmate has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections reports Michael Dowda was discovered missing while on a work detail at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday. He's believed to be wearing a white MDOC shirt with green and white striped pants.
Authorities believe he is driving a white 2005 Silverado truck, possibly stolen from prison grounds.
The truck has Yalobusha County plates, a disability tag and a tag number of 0922.
He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
The 48-year old man has brown eyes, brown hair and weighs 195 pounds.
Dowda is serving a life sentence for murder from Harrison County.
Authorities urge anybody who sees Dowda to contact local law enforcement.