Inmate escapes from North Kern State Prison

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An inmate assigned to North Kern State Prison (NKSP) Minimum Support Facility was discovered missing by custody staff on September 1, 2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m.  Inmate Michael Valdez, a minimum-custody inmate, could not be located by custody staff during an Institutional Count.  Escape procedures were immediately activated.

Inmate Valdez was serving a two-year sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance from Los Angeles in January 2013.  Valdez is described as a 27-year-old Hispanic male with a bald head, brown eyes and weighing approximately 160 pounds. 

Kern County law enforcement agencies and surrounding residents have been notified.

Anyone with information on Valdez’s whereabouts or who sees him is urged to notify local authorities or North Kern State Prison, or call 911.

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