Escapee thought to be headed east


An inmate who escaped from the Maryland Correctional Training Center Monday may have headed east to Prince George's County, where he has family and friends, authorities said Wednesday.

A Baltimore-based task force made up of personnel from Maryland State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Baltimore police has been set up to search for Raymond Eric Dodd, Maryland State Police Detective Sgt. Robert Turano of the Hagerstown barracks said.

Police speculate Dodd may have escaped on or under a vehicle leaving the medium-security prison south of Hagerstown along Roxbury Road.

Dodd has likely left Washington County and may be in Prince George's County, Baltimore City or the Washington, D.C., area, said Turano.


"There's no reason to believe he's still here," he said.

State police discounted a theory that Dodd escaped inside a trash truck after an unsuccessful search of the Washington County Landfill Monday evening.

Turano said Dodd has family and friends living in Prince George's County. A prison log showed people from that area had visited him at MCTC.

Dodd was serving a 16-year sentence at MCTC for armed robbery and assault. He also was sentenced to 10 years to life for manslaughter on federal charges, according to Dave Towers, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Corrections.

Towers and state police have been unable to provide details about Dodd's manslaughter conviction.

The Maryland Correctional Training Center houses about 2,900 inmates, the largest prison population in the state.

Dodd had "an average adjustment" to prison life and committed some infractions, Towers said. He would not provide details of the incidents.

Prison officials were still trying to determine how Dodd escaped, Towers said.

"We're still assessing and gathering information, he said.

Towers said prison officials have forwarded all information about the escape to state police.

Todd is described as a black man with black hair, a medium complexion and brown eyes. He weighs 180 pounds and is 6 feet, 2 inches tall.

He was wearing blue jeans, a red short-sleeved T-shirt and white Air Jordan sneakers before the escape.

Towers said Dodd was last accounted for at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Officials realized at 3 p.m. he had escaped after he failed to appear for several inmate attendance counts.

He was not found during a search of the prison, yard and perimeter, Towers said.

If Dodd is recaptured, he could face an additional sentence of 10 years for the escape, Towers said.

Anyone with information may call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.

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