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Search continues for escaped Lincoln County Jail inmate

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34-YEAR-OLD RONALD ALAN RUTLEDGE 34-YEAR-OLD RONALD ALAN RUTLEDGE
LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. -

Update: 11:20 a.m. Sunday: The search for an escaped Lincoln County inmate missing since Friday morning continues Sunday. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports they are following up with several tips they have received over the weekend. 

Deputies continue to search in the northeast part of the county.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 509-725-3501 or 911.

Update 1:45 p.m. Saturday: Police and sheriff's deputies continue to search for escaped Lincoln County Jail inmate Ronald Alan Rutledge Saturday afternoon. Several agencies continue to search areas west of Holderby Road, north of Stone Ridge Trail Road and south of Moore and Heath Roads.

Police urge people to be cautious in these areas as there are several abandoned, rental and vacation properties where Rutledge could be hiding out.

Rutledge is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 203 lbs. with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and a green beanie hat. 

Deputies urge citizens to remain observant contact  the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 509-725-3501 or 911 if you see anything suspicious.

Update, 4:20 p.m.: Authorities tell KHQ's Patrick Erickson that they are focusing on a two-mile by two-mile area north of Reardan for escaped inmate Ronald Alan Rutledge. 

Authorities say Rutledge was working in the jail's kitchen with a civilian employee when he stole that employee's car keys. When the employee went to take out the trash, Rutledge ran and stole the employee's car

Deputies say he then stole an ATV and believe he may have also stolen a rifle. He is believed to be on foot Friday afternoon.

This wasn't the first time Rutledge has escaped prison. He escaped from a work release detail while in Whitman County Jail in 2010.

Previous coverage: 

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is looking for an inmate who escaped from jail Friday morning. 

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Facebook page, 34-year-old Ronald Alan Rutledge escaped in a civilian vehicle and then ditched it. He then went into a house and stole an ATV. The Sheriff's Office says he has since ditched the ATV and they believe he is on foot. Rutledge was last seen north of Bergeron, west of Highway 231 and south of Fisher Rd. 

Rutledge was in jail for one count of 2nd degree burglary and 2 counts of theft of a motor vehicle. He has been in jail since September 1, 2015. 

He is wearing a blue coat and a green beanie hat. The Sheriff's Office says if you see him, do not try to apprehend him, as they believe he may be armed.Instead, call 911. 

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