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Inmate escapes from Montana State Prison

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Police are searching by ground and air for any sign of an inmate who escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge into a rugged area covered by trees and brush.

Prison officials say they haven't received any significant leads in their search for convicted sex offender Dean Jess.

A prison spokeswoman says Jess was on motor vehicle maintenance service call at about 11 a.m. Monday when he escaped. The vehicle was found a half-hour later about 1 1/2 miles away.

The 42-year-old Jess is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has green eyes and a shaved head.

Jess was sentenced to 55 years in prison for a 2004 Park County offense.