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Search continues for convict missing from work crew

July 16, 1998

HANCOCK - Police were still looking for a convicted burglar Wednesday, a day after he walked away from a state prison work crew, said Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman Maxine Eldridge.

Edward Morton, 44, was among five Maryland Correctional Training Center inmates painting the Sideling Hill tourist information center on Interstate 68 about 10 miles west of Hancock.

The other inmates were returned to the prison near Hagerstown after Morton disappeared around 11 a.m., Eldridge said.

Morton, formerly of Swanton, Md., is described as brown-haired, blue-eyed, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds.

He had served 17 years of a 25-year sentence for burglary and larceny, and was scheduled for a parole hearing in November, Eldridge said.

Once apprehended, he will be charged with escape, which could add 10 years to his sentence, she said.

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown conducted an aerial search of the mostly wooded area Tuesday afternoon.

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