Alert: Inmate escaped from prison in Delano

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - North Kern State Prison issued an alert Monday about an inmate who was discovered missing Sunday evening.

Michael Valdez is a minimum custody inmate serving time for convictions of drug possession, according to the prison.

Valdez could not be located during a head count around 5 p.m. Sunday, so escape procedures were activated at the prison and law enforcement agencies and surrounding residents were notified.

Anyone with information on Valdez' whereabouts is urged to notify North Kern State Prison or call 911.