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State Police Recover Stolen Car They Believe An On-The-Run R.I. Prison Inmate Used

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State and federal authorities are searching for a prison inmate from Cambridge who escaped a maximum security detention center in Rhode Island on Saturday.

James Morales (Massachusetts State Police)
James Morales (Massachusetts State Police)

Former Army reservist James Morales was being held awaiting trial on charges that he stole 16 guns from an Army Reserve center in Worcester in 2015.

Massachusetts state police said they recovered a stolen car Sunday they believe Morales used after his escape, but they will not say where they found it.

Meanwhile, two corrections officers from the Rhode Island detention center that Morales escaped from have been placed on paid leave.

Wyatt Correctional Center warden Daniel Martin says it took more than three hours to discover that Morales was missing and that Morales escaped by climbing a basketball hoop to reach a rooftop, cutting through a fence and climbing through razor wire.

The prison in Central Falls, Rhode Island, remains locked down as officials review procedures.

The 35-year-old Morales remains at large.

State police Trooper Matthew Guarino said Morales has a tattoo that could help identify him.

"He's got a large tattoo of an eagle with a star on its head, which is on his left side of his neck, extending forward and back from his neck down toward his shirt line," he explained.

As we reported earlier, Morales is described as a 6-foot-1, 180-pound African-American with brown eyes and black hair. Guarino said anyone who sees the escaped inmate should call 911.

With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press

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