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FHP searching for Hardee County escapee

- The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for an Hispanic man. An FHP press release did not state why Ramirez was in custody.

Demetrio Deleon Ramirez escaped about 6:50 a.m. Saturday, according to a report by Trooper Jesse DeBoom.

Ramirez ran into the woods on State Road 66 about 1.5 miles east of Merle Landford Road in Hardee County, DeBoom said. He ran toward his residence at 1182 Ed Wells Road in Wauchula.

Ramirez, 30, is described as five feet, six inches tall and thin build.

More info: FHP communications center, 239-938-1800.