A convict escaped from the Columbia River Correctional Institute Wednesday.  Portland Police searched for him for several hours but did not find him.  Below is a release from the Portland Police Bureau:

Officers have suspended the neighborhood search for escaped inmate Matthew Medlin. Officers conducted an extensive search of the area surrounding CRCI, including an extensive search from the water along the Columbia Slough.

Officers from North Precinct, the K-9 Unit and the Air Support Unit were assisted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police during the search.

Officers learned that Medlin may have suffered cuts when he climbed the prison fence and may have injuries requiring treatment.

Anyone seeing Medlin should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Medlin or the escape should contact Oregon Department of Corrections Investigators at (503) 302-4228.



Today, Wednesday April 30, 2014, at 12:37 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Columbia River Correctional Institute (CRCI) on the report that an inmate escaped after climbing the fence. CRCI is located at 9111 Northeast Sunderland Avenue, near Northeast 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive.

The inmate has been identified as 30-year-old Matthew Joseph Medlin and he is described as 5'8" tall, 185 pounds, bald head, multiple facial tattoos, wearing blue jeans and a blue t-shirt with Department of Corrections stencil.

Medlin was incarcerated on a charges including Burglary, Sex Abuse and Assault. He was due for release on May 6, 2014.

Multiple officers are in the area searching for Medlin.

Anyone seeing Medlin should immediately call 9-1-1.