Escaped Prisoner Went Unnoticed for Days; Manhunt Still Active


A convicted murderer serving a life sentence escaped prison and went unnoticed for days before a manhunt was launched.

42-year-old Porfirio Duarte-Herrera escaped from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Nevada sometime late Friday night. It wasn’t until Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. headcount that prison officials noticed he was missing.

Duarte-Herrera was convicted of first-degree murder in 2009 for the death of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio.

Duarte-Herrera and his co-defendant, Omar Rueda-Denvers, planted a pipe bomb on a car parked in a hotel garage in 2007. The targeted victims were the ex-girlfriend and Antonio, however, only Antonio was fatally injured when the bomb detonated. The ex-girlfriend was unharmed.

Both Duarte-Herrera and Rueda-Denvers were convicted and each sentenced to life in prison.

The escapee, who was at a medium-security facility, has now been missing for 5 days.


  1. Walk throughs are done every hour at the most and head counts are done every chow time, laundry change outs, and definitely at the beginning of each shift change so how the heck!!


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