Pelican Bay correctional officers, Del Norte Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Crescent City Police Department began searching for inmate Tore Digirolamo shortly after his escape around 12:30 p.m, .
A helicopter was searching from overhead in the wooded area near the prison and armed officers and police canines searched on foot.
Digirolamo, 44, from Los Angeles County, is described as a white male, standing at 5 feet 9 inches and weighing 200 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes.
He is serving a four-year sentence for second-degree burglary, officials said. He began serving his term in July 2011.
If he is spotted it is advised to call 911.