Inmate escapes from Indiana correctional facility

Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Orville Morris was accounted for at 10 a.m. today “but the subsequent facility count at 3:15 p.m. did not clear.”

He was housed in the medium security section and was working in an industries section of the prison loading up trucks.

Prison officials say he might have gotten into one of the trucks to escape.  The trucks were heading to Michigan.

Officials say there is also a chance he might still be hiding on the prison’s property.

Morris was serving time for robbery. He’s been in prison in LaPorte County, Indiana since July 2014 and was supposed to stay there until January 2019. His criminal background includes theft, robbery and burglary.

In 2003 he got in trouble for carrying a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement.

In 2014 he robbed a bank in Washington County, Indiana wearing a wig and a fedora.

Morris is from Marengo, Indiana. He’s white, about 5’9” and 210 pounds.

This prison houses more than 3,000 inmates.  It’s located in a very remote area on about 100 acres. There are about 60 buildings and they are searching all of them.

Prison officials say they don’t know if he’s armed, but people should assume he’s dangerous.

Anyone with information should notify the Lowell Indiana State Police Post at 219-696-6242.