Police: Decatur County Jail Inmate Escaped, Still At-Large

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LEON, Iowa – Officials in southern Iowa are currently searching for an escaped inmate.

Authorities said at approximately 8:10 p.m. Friday evening, James Michael “Mick” Murphy escaped from the Decatur County Jail. He was last seen headed south from the Decatur County Courthouse in Leon, wearing orange jail shorts, an orange t-shirt and grey socks, according to a news release from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.

Murphy is a 43-year-old, white male, 6’1″ tall and 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. No mugshot was provided in the news release.

The sheriff’s department said Murphy was being held on one count of kidnapping in the first degree, and one count of sexual abuse in the second degree. Authorities said Murphy is considered dangerous, and if you see him, to not attempt to apprehend him. Anyone with information should call the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department at 641-446-4111, and call 911 if you see him.