Iowa authorities are searching for a prison escapee who fled a minimum security facility in Clarinda this morning by jumping a fence in the recreation yard.

Rodney Eugene Long is serving a five-year sentence from Appanoose County for third-degree burglary. This sentence began on March 15 following probation revocation. Long was transferred to the Clarinda Correctional Facility Minimum Security Lodge on April 30.

Jail officials discovered that Long was missing about 7 a.m. They determined that he escaped over the fence sometime between 4:10 a.m. and 7 a.m.

It is not known if Long is on foot or has been picked up by another party.

Emergency procedures and notifications, including local, county and state law enforcement agencies have been implemented.

Long is a white male, 38 years old with brown hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighing 144 lbs. Long has tattoos on his right and left wrists.

Information as to the whereabouts should be reported immediately to the Clarinda Police Department (712) 542-2194, Page County Sheriff’s Department (712) 542-5193 or call 911.

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