NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — Police are searching for a prison inmate who they say was released from jail to attend a funeral and has not yet returned to the facility.

According to the New Castle Police Department, Durand Lawson was released from the Lawrence County Jail on furlough to go to a family member’s funeral.

Police say he was supposed to return to the jail by 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but failed to do so.

Lawson had been locked up on felony charges.

New Castle police say they have now filed escape charges against him.

Anyone with information on Lawson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the New Castle Police Department at 724-656-9300.

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