Haskell County Authorities Continue Search for Escaped Inmate

A search continues for a Haskell County inmate that escaped from the jail earlier this week sending area schools into a lockdown.

Deputies with the Haskell County Sheriff's Office stated that Edward Branch escaped the jail Tuesday morning. Jail employees noticed he was missing and began their search for him around the jail.

Officials with the Stigler Public Schools were notified and issued the lockdown before classes began. Faculty were notified that the lockdown would continue until Branch was located.

Deputies with the HCSO have not released how Branch managed to escape the jail. But they are being assisted in the search by the Stigler Police Department, the Department of Corrections Dog Tracking Unit and an area drug task force.

KTUL learned Wednesday that Branch's mother, Sara Branch, was taken into custody for reported obstruction. She is being held at the Haskell County Jail for further investigation.

Information from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections states that Branch had previously escaped the jails in McIntosh and Craig County. His other offenses include assault and battery on an officer and robbery by force.

Branch is described as being a white male with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He is five feet five inches in height and 150 pounds.

Officials added that he has neck tattoos and a birthmark on the right side of his forehead. Branch is considered to be dangerous.