LOMPOC, Calif. - For the third time this year an inmate has walked away from the Lompoc Federal Prison's minimum security labor camp.
The Prison Warden's Office issued a statement Thursday night after 42 year old Victor Hurtado turned up missing earlier in the afternoon.
Hurtado, who was serving a 15 year sentence for methamphetamine distribution, is an Hispanic male, standing about 5'11 and weighing about 175 pounds.
In March, 34 year old Jose Luis Lopez and 56 year James Kim also walked away from the labor camp on separate occasions.
In 2016, there were at least seven inmate walkaways from the labor camp.
What remains unknown is if any of these recent escapees are ever apprehended and brought back to prison or are they all still on the run.
The labor camp at the Lompoc Federal Prison Complex houses hundreds of non-violent offenders in a minimum security setting.
More than 2,000 low security and middle security inmates are housed in cell blocks in another part of the complex behind fences topped by barbed and razor wire and overseen by guard towers.
Federal Marshals and other law enforcement agencies are on the hunt for Victor Hurtado.
Anyone who sees Hurtado should call 911 immediately.
An inmate serving time at the Lompoc Prison Camp was reported missing Thursday afternoon.
Victor Hurtado, 42, was reported missing at around 4 p.m. Thursday.
Hurtado received a 15 year sentence for distribution of methamphetamine.
He is described as an Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-11 and weighs 175 pounds.
The U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified and an investigation is underway.
Anyone with information about Hurtado's whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement.