Intermountain Camp inmate walks away from project

Shasta City, California - A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center walked away from an Intermountain Conservation Camp grade project on June 4.

Inmate Lepaul W. Gardner, 27, is a white male, 5-feet, 6-inches, 155 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on May 9, 2013, from Los Angeles County for assault with a firearm. He was scheduled to be released July 15, 2017.

Gardner was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew from Intermountain Conservation Camp outside of Bieber. The camp houses approximately 80 minimum-custody inmates.

Gardner was last seen at a grade project near Shasta City about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after the fire crew exited a vehicle for return to the camp, custody staff noticed that Gardner was absent. After a quick search, staff determined that he was missing.

CDCR agents, CAL FIRE law enforcement personnel, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Gardner. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.

Inmate Gardner was last seen wearing orange CDCR state-issued clothing. Anyone seeing him should call 9-1-1 or contact law enforcement authorities immediately.

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