AZUSA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Julius Klein Conservation Camp, located near the community of Azusa, in Los Angeles County, last night.
Inmate Rafael Ortega, 20, was last seen at his assigned bed at approximately 5:10 pm during a mandatory count.
Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing. All local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified and are assisting in the search for Ortega. Apprehension efforts are continuing.
Inmate Rafael Ortega is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was committed to CDCR on October 12, 2011 from San Bernardino County to serve a three year, eight month sentence for Possession of a Firearm by an ex-felon. He was scheduled to parole in May 2013.
Anyone knowing the location of Inmate Rafael Ortega or having other relevant information is asked to contact the Julius Klein Conservation Camp Commander at (626) 910-1213, or the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012
Contact: Lt. A. Von Savoye
(209) 984-5291 ext. 5499