Inmate Imprisoned For Aggravated Assault Missing

Published: Mar. 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM CST
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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Trackers are searching for a 27-year-old inmate who Texas prison officials say escaped from a Southeast Texas state prison.

According to a statement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, David Puckett had been last seen just before 7 p.m. Wednesday in the recreation yard of the Stiles Unit prison in Beaumont. TDCJ spokeswoman Michelle Lyons says prison officers found material from an inmate uniform and socks on a nearby perimeter fence.

Lyons says Puckett had been serving a 30-year prison sentence for aggravated assault of a public servant in Lavaca County and had been in the prison system since February 2002.

The statement describes Puckett as 5½ feet tall and weighing about 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.