Unrestrained Prisoner Escapes Courthouse

Authorities are looking for a 38-year-old man who escaped custody Tuesday morning during a pre-trial hearing in Mason County Superior Court.

According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Donald F. Hartwell Jr. was unrestrained during court as required by a new state mandated procedure and fled the courthouse at 11:13 AM.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the Shelton Police Department used search dogs to track Hartwell but were unable to locate him.

Hartwell is 5-foot-8, approximately 190 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone who sees Donald F. Hartwell Jr. or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton Police Department or call 911.