Law enforcement continues to search for escaped Sunland resident

Jackson County Sheriff's Office are looking for an escaped resident from the Sunland facility...
Jackson County Sheriff's Office are looking for an escaped resident from the Sunland facility in Marianna; they consider him potentially dangerous.(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 9:24 AM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: December 10, 2021 (12:15 p.m.)

According to Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett, law enforcement agencies continue to search for a man who escaped from Sunland in Marianna early Friday morning.

Officials said they don’t know if he’s still in the immediate area.

Police said they obtained additional information on the subject. Chief Baggett said Ortiz-Rivera was committed to Sunland for the offenses of first-degree murder and aggravated battery without a firearm.

Law enforcement said these offenses were committed in Broward County, Florida. They said that’s where Ortiz-Rivera is from.

Police do want the public to know that the subject was last seen with a full beard.

Law enforcement says if you see Ortiz-Rivera, or someone matching his description, you should not approach him and should call 911 immediately.


JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Marianna High School and Marianna K-8 School are on a soft lockdown after a Sunland resident escaped in Jackson County.

Around 7:30 a.m., the Marianna Police Department responded to Sunland in reference to an escaped resident. Officials are looking for Luis Fernando Ortiz-Rivera. Ortiz-Rivera is a Hispanic male with a beard, 5′09″ and weighs 222 pounds.

He is potentially dangerous, and law enforcement officials encourage the public to not approach the individual if you come in contact.

According to a press release from Jackson County Schools Superintendent, Steve Benton, classes are continuing as scheduled and outside movement of students is limited.

Sheriff Edenfield with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office provided additional officers at each school while a search of the area is conducted.

If you see someone that matches the description of Ortiz-Rivera, please contact the Marianna Police Department at 850-526-3125 or your local law enforcement agency.

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