Inmate escapes transport van near Dewar, sends Morris schools into lockdown

SKIPPER EUGENE ROWLAND (Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office)

OKMULGEE COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- Authorities in Okmulgee County are searching for an inmate who escaped from a transport van along US 266 near Highway 52 east of Dewar.

According to the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office, Skipper Eugene Rowland, 35, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Morris Public Schools was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities searched for Rowland about seven miles south of town.

Sheriff's office says they are looking for 1999 red F-350 pickup stolen out of a barn near where escaped inmate Skipper Rowland was last seen. The Oklahoma license plate on the vehicle 743-JNF.

The vehicle was stolen hours ago and the sheriff office believes Rowland is driving it.

The sheriff's office is asking the public to be on the lookout and to call 911 or the sheriff's office at (918) 756-4311 with information.

The district canceled bus service and held students at school until parents could pick them up.