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Prisoner escapes on St. Simon's Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A prisoner scheduled for release in 2016 escaped on St. Simon's Island Tuesday, police said.

Glynn County police said Coty Benefield walked away from a work detail on the island while he was cleaning ditches.

Benefield was serving time for burglary, police said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Glynn County Sheriff's Office.