Convicted murderer missing after stealing truck from prison

Prison officials issued an alert Saturday afternoon advising that an inmate serving a life sentence for murder was missing after working on prison grounds at Parchman.

Forty-eight-year-old Michael Dowda was last seen around 3 p.m., Sept. 22 wearing a MDOC white shirt and green and white striped pants. Authorities said Dowda was on a work detail with maintenance at the time he disappeared and they believe he drove away in a 2005 Silverado truck that was on the prison grounds. […]