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Inmate Walks Away from Minimum‑Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a state prison inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Minimum-security inmate Donald Likens, 28, was reported missing at approximately 7:10 p.m. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Likens. SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified to assist in the search.

Likens has hazel eyes and brown hair. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 194 pounds.

He was received by CDCR in November 2016, from Yuba County and is serving a four year 8 month sentence for burglary in the first degree, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, and vehicle theft.

Anyone who sees Likens or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Media Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos, (831) 678-5554