James Ladd, 51, slipped away from the Tillery Correctional Center, a minimum security prison farm, on Sunday morning while doing farm work. Authorities found his abandoned tractor at 10 a.m., Keith Acree, North Carolina prison spokesperson, told ABC News.
A helicopter flew over rural Tillery, N.C., Sunday night searching for the convicted murderer, who was given three consecutive life sentences in 1981. Bloodhounds also assisted in the ground search.
Ladd's prison behavior included only minor infractions, most recently for unauthorized tobacco use, and had won him assignment to the farm, which allowed him to work outside of the prison's walls. Ladd is now considered dangerous.
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