Officials Say Prisoner Escaped Detainment Camp in Northern California

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
December 27, 2015 4:22 pm Last Updated: December 29, 2015 8:52 pm

A convicted criminal escaped from a conservation camp in Siskiyou County, California, according to police.

Daniel Fidler, 42, escaped from Deadwood Conservation Camp in Fort Jones near Yreka on Saturday night, the Siskiyou Sheriff’s Office said in a release.. He was last seen during a head count at 7 p.m. local time, but he was discovered missing at 8:30 p.m.

Here’s the full statement:

On December 26, 2015, Inmate Daniel Fidler walked away from Deadwood Camp. Inmate Fidler was last seen 12/26/2015 at 7p.m. during head count. He was later discovered missing at 8:30 p.m by camp staff. Inmate Fidler is described as a 42 year old, white male, 5’8″tall and 174 lbs, with hazel eyes and bald head.

This morning (12/27/2015) the stolen truck was locate near mile marker 88 along Hwy 96. We believe Inmate Fidler to be on foot at this time, possibly westbound toward Humboldt County. Citizens are reminded to keep your doors locked and DO NOT pick up any hitchhikers.

The Code Red system was used at 10:p.m last night, to notify local residents of McAdams Creek Rd and Fort Jones, of the potential safety risk. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department is currently sending out another Code Red to all citizens along Hwy 96 from Hwy 263 down to the Humboldt County line advising of the public safety concern. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Inmate Fidler please call 9-1-1. You may also contact Siskiyou County Sheriff’s 24-hour dispatch at (530)841-2900 

Officials issued a “be on the lookout” warning for Fidler, Action News Now reported.

Kelly Giordano, Siskiyou Sheriff’s Office public information officer, told the station that investigators think he’s associated with a stolen truck from Fort Jones with the license plate “1B92218.”

The truck was discovered along Highway 96 on Sunday, but Fidler was nowhere to be seen. Giordano said officials believe Filder is now on foot at this time.

Fidler, originally from Humboldt County in California, might be heading west across the county, he added.

He was arrested in March after he attempted to break down the door of an elderly woman in Fortuna, according to local news website Kym Kemp.

He’s described as 5′ 8″ and 175 lbs and was last seen wearing orange clothing or gray sweatpants.

According to photos, he has tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Investigators said that motorists should not pick up hitchhikers in the area.

If anyone has information about Fidler’s whereabouts, officials say they should call the Sheriff’s office at (530) 841-2900 or simply call 911.