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Officials: Concord inmate missing from transitional unit

A 30-year-old state prisoner is missing from the men’s transitional work unit in Concord, authorities announced this morning.

Juan Manuel Rivera-Ortiz was absent for a head count shortly before 10 p.m. last night, prison officials said. He was immediately placed on escape status.

Rivera-Ortiz is described as just over 6 feet tall and weighing 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green prison uniform, officials said.

The transitional work unit, located adjacent to the halfway house on North State Street, houses more than a hundred inmates in a low-security setting. Prisoners work in and around the prison but are not allowed to venture into the surrounding community.

Rivera-Ortiz is serving a 2½- to 7-year prison sentence for nine counts of stalking out of Hillsborough County. He arrived at the prison last April and had been eligible for parole in June of next year.

The escape comes less than a month after an inmate at the neighboring halfway house, Jeremy Slack, went missing during a pre-scheduled work outing in Concord. Slack, 37, was found and detained more than a week later in an apartment on Rumford Street.

The corrections department and state police are investigating Rivera-Ortiz’s disappearance. Anyone with information about Rivera-Ortiz’s whereabouts can call their local police or state authorities at 271-1801.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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