29 Aug 2011

Escaped inmate could be anywhere, police admit

7:45 pm on 29 August 2011

Police concede a violent inmate who escaped from Tongariro-Rangipo prison in the central North Island last week could be anywhere in New Zealand.

Lex Miller was jailed for the attempted murder of his wife in 2008. The 48-year-old is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

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He escaped from the jail's carpark near Turangi in a stolen silver 1994 Toyota Camry sedan, registration TC7281, on Thursday afternoon. Police have received just one report of a sighting since then.

Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce says Miller has family connections in the eastern Bay of Plenty - but could be anywhere in New Zealand.

Miller is described as Pakeha, approximately 173 centimetres tall, and has short, sandy brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a tan-coloured shirt, blue jeans and white sports shoes, but may have changed clothes since then.

Police are appealing for any sightings or Miller or the car. They can call 111 or provide information anonymously, if necessary, via the independent Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.