Walker County law enforcement continues its search Monday night for a Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate who escaped from the Wynne Unit earlier in the afternoon.
Michael McCumber, a 55-year-old Hispanic male, was last seen at 4 p.m. while he was on duty on the Wynne Unit grounds.
When McCumber did not return to his post at 5 p.m. as expected, unit officials began a search for the man and soon discovered a broken window at a home near the unit.
Michael McCumber was working outside the Wynne Unit and was last seen at 4 p.m.
“He was set to go inside at 5 p.m. and when he did not report to his post, that was when it was discovered that he was missing,” said Michelle Lyons, TDCJ public information officer.
“When it was discovered that he was not at his post, TDCJ authorities began searching the area surrounding the unit and shortly after 5 p.m., located a broken window at a residence near the unit.”
Soon after the escape, the Wynne Unit was put on lockdown and five Walker County law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, the Huntsville Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department, joined the search for McCumber.
Authorities set up a command center near the residence where the broken window was discovered and used TDCJ tracking dogs to pick up any remaining evidence of McCumber’s presence in the area.
After sweeping the area immediately surrounding the broken window, authorities expanded their search to extend throughout the fields across from the Wynne Unit, adjacent to state Highway 75 South.
The purpose of expanding the search was to determine a direction of travel taken by McCumber.
As of 9 p.m., McCumber had not been found.
According to Jason Clark, TDCJ spokesperson, in addition to searching the lands near where the escape ocurred, law enforcement agencies also set up a perimeter which included Interstate 45 and Farm-to-Market Road 2821.
Clark said the perimeter will only grow as the search continues.
McCumber’s prison term began in October 1987, after he was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment Clark said.
“McCumber was originally imprisoned for robbery by threat in Bexar county,” he said. “Other felonies on his record included a burglary in Bexar County, a burglary in Limestone County and possession of a firearm by a felon in Limestone County.”