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Work release escapee sought

UPDATE: As of 4:23 p.m., the work release escape has been canceled.

The Iowa Department of Corrections is searching for a man who failed to report to work from the Fort Dodge Residential Center as required early this morning.

Matthew Ray Patten was convicted of domestic abuse assault in Boone County and had been admitted to the work release facility on Feb. 18.

Patten is a 39-year-old white male, height 6’0″ and weighs 286 pounds.

Anyone with information on Patten’s whereabouts should contact local law enforcement at 515-573-2323.

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