Tom Tylutki, president of the Michigan Corrections Organization, said the escape attempt happened Sunday night at Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility near Muskegon. Tylutki says officers discovered the prisoner missing after his cellmate started acting odd.
The cellmate eventually told officers the prisoner was gone. Tylutki says the missing prisoner was found with sheets apparently to be used to scale a fence.
Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan says the prisoner has some “mental health issues.” Michigan State Police officials are handling the investigation.
The prisoner’s name wasn’t immediately released. He could face charges in the escape attempt.