Behind the gates of Salisbury's Piedmont Correctional Institution is where one inmate began his escape at roughly 4 a.m. Monday morning. The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement are now left searching for answers.
Jonathan Dixon, 27, has been serving a maximum of seven years for multiple counts of breaking and entering.
Tonight, he’s being sought for an unauthorized exit – from the minimum security prison. Dixon was due for release in June 2017.
“Our fugitive section and local law enforcement are searching for the inmate,” prison superintendent Todd Pinion said. “We are following out normal protocol and will be updating.”
Officials are still working to unravel how the inmate escaped. They first noticed he was missing during the morning count.
“We have open dormitory housing with 40-50 inmates sleeping inside each dormitory,” Pinion said.
If you’re wondering if any other inmates were involved in the escape, well so are we – and so are other inmates. One inmate passing by shouted, “There’s all sorts of rumors going on around here.”
Until today, Dixon had stayed out of trouble, for the most part, at the prison.
“It looks like his stay was fairly uneventful,” Pinion said. “He had a few disciplinary markups but nothing major. We’re really just not sure what his motivation was.”
Anyone who has seen Dixon or has information on his whereabouts is advised to contact either the prison or local law enforcement.