RENO – The search for an escaped Nevada prisoner convicted of murder in the 2007 Luxor bombing in Las Vegas was ongoing Wednesday – at least five days since the inmate was last accounted for.
Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, has been missing since Friday evening from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, a medium-security facility northwest of Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
But prison officials did not notice Duarte-Herrera was missing until a 7 a.m. headcount on Tuesday.
At the time of the escape, he was serving a life sentence at the Southern Nevada prison for his 2009 conviction in Clark County.
Duarte-Herrera is 5-foot-4, 135 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has no tattoos.
Authorities said he should be considered dangerous and should not be approached. Instead, anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911.
NDOC has not released further details about Duarte-Herrera’s escape, including why it took days before prison officials realized he was missing.
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The department said the prison was placed on a full lockdown Tuesday, and “escape procedures” were initiated around 8 a.m. after an additional emergency headcount confirmed Duarte-Herrera was gone.
The search for Duarte-Herrera has drawn assistance from local, state and federal law enforcement officials, according to NDOC.
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Duarte-Herrera and his accomplice, Omar Rueda-Denvers, were convicted of first-degree murder by a Clark County jury in September 2009 for the bombing that killed Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio, a casino hot dog stand worker.
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That November, a judge sentenced the pair to life sentences.
Prosecutors said the motive was revenge against Dorantes Antonio, who was dating Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.