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Pennsylvania Inmate Escapes, Kills Woman: Sheriff

Pennsylvania police are searching for an escaped jail inmate suspected of killing a woman after walking away from a work-release program.

Armstrong County officials said Robert Crissman ran from the jail around 6:30 a.m. Thursday while delivering meals to other inmates. Sheriff William Rupert said Crissman, 38, walked outside to get the meals from a truck and took off.

The body of 55-year-old Tammy Long was discovered at a home along Rayburn Road -- a short distance from the jail, reported Channel 11 in Pittsburgh. Crissman knew Long but police believe she didn't know he was on the lam.

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Long's boyfriend found her dead in the bathroom when he returned home around 2:45 p.m., reported Channel 11.

Officials said Crissman was in jail for violating probation on a drug charge and was trusted by staff. There were no violent crimes on his record.

Crissman is 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen driving a maroon extended cab 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. It has a carpenter union sticker and Pennsylvania plate "ZDB-5831," according to reports.

Anyone who spots Crissman or the truck is urged to call 911 immediately since the escapee is considered armed and dangerous, said authorities.

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