State prisoner missing from halfway house
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, 30, was not present at 9:45 p.m. when a head count was conducted at the halfway house known as the Corrections Transitional Work Center. He immediately was placed on escape status.
Rivera-Ortiz is described as 6-foot-1, 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing his green prison uniform.
Rivera-Ortiz was sentenced in Hillsborough County Superior Court to 2 1/2 to 7 years in prison on nine stalking convictions. He was credited with 129 days for pre-trial confinement.
The DOC's Investigations Bureau and state police are investigating.
Anyone with information about Rivera-Ortiz's whereabouts is asked to call the local police department or the state prison at 271-1801.