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Authorities still searching for prison escapee

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ROCKY MOUNT ­— A prisoner who walked away from his assigned house is still on the lam.

Michael Coburn, 57, left his Rocky Mount housing location last week. He is described as a white male, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 245 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Coburn was serving a sentence for felony possession of stolen goods. He had a projected release date of Oct. 3, 2021.

Coburn had been a participant of Extending the Limits of Confinement, a program that allows certain inmates to serve the remainder of their prison sentences at home or in transitional housing. ELC is not an early release or commutation, said Greg Thomas, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

“Participants are still considered incarcerated and are supervised by probation-parole officers from Community Corrections,” Thomas said. “Violating the terms of ELC can result in the offender being returned to a correctional facility.”

Two other offenders who walked away from transitional housing last week have been recaptured.

Officers with the state’s Special Operations and Intelligence Unit recaptured 67-year-old Delbert K. Furman last week. He had been serving a sentence for felony breaking and entering. He is now being held in Central Prison.

Thomas Watson, 53, surrendered to authorities at the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 8. He was serving a sentence for felony breaking and entering with a projected release date of April 28, 2021. He is being held in the Lenoir County Jail.

A prison escape warrant has been issued for Coburn.

Anyone with information on Coburn’s whereabouts are asked to contact local law enforcement.