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Inmate Missing From Work Crew In Chester County

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(Photo credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a South Carolina prison inmate who walked away from a work crew assignment.

Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom says officials noticed that 25-year-old Steven Robert Spencer was missing at around noon Wednesday.

Spencer had been assigned to a crew that was doing construction in Chester County. Newsom says Spencer asked to go to the bathroom and never returned.

Spencer is serving an eight-year sentence for second-degree burglary from Horry County. Since September, he has been at the Palmer Pre-Release Center in Florence and had been on work detail for less than a month.

Spencer would be eligible for parole next year.

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