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Escaped inmate found in Salisbury

SALISBURY An inmate who escaped from a prison unit in Rowan County was found and taken into custody after being on the loose more than 24 hours, authorities say.

Jonathan Dixon, 27, was found Tuesday morning hiding in a house on Auction Drive near Salisbury, according to officials with the N.C. Department of Corrections.

That is about 2 miles from the Piedmont Correctional Institution, where Dixon had been an inmate.

Dixon was serving a seven-year term for breaking and entering and had four years remaining on his sentence. He was last seen at the minimum security prison unit about 11 p.m. Sunday. Prison officials say they noticed him missing about 4 a.m. Monday.

Two schools near the prison, Southeast Middle and Knollwood Elementary, were on lockdown for several hours Monday because authorities said they were concerned that Dixon might be in the area.

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