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New Evidence in Search for IRC Jail Escapee

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX)  As the nationwide search continues for escaped fugitive Rondell Reed, the Indian River County Sheriff's office is releasing new details about what Reed may have done in the days since his escape Monday.

Sheriff Deryl Loar said, in the department's thorough grid search of the area just West of the jail, they uncovered "notable evidence."

Additionally, the sheriff says it's possible that a vehicle stolen Wednesday, October 26 from the nearby city of Sebastian may have been taken by Reed.

The vehicle is a 2004 gray full-size Dodge Ram pick-up truck with Florida license plate K771FN. It has a black roll-out cover and black diamond plates on the bed rails. There are mahi mahi fish decals on the rear window and chrome running boards.

The owner of the truck owns Clark Water Company in Sebastian, in the 1600 block of US-1. While hesitant to talk on camera for fear of hindering the sheriff's investigation, the owner believes the truck was stolen between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Clark Water Company has been at its present location for 29 years, according to the owner, and felt the area was safe. The day the truck was taken, they left the keys inside with a full tank of gas.

The location of the stolen vehicle is about 18 minutes' driving distance and 13 miles from the Indian River County Jail.

The sheriff will not confirm the vehicle was taken by Reed, but he wants the community to be on alert, saying the pickup could be driven by Reed, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

The sheriff's office continues to process new evidence that they have received from around the county and surrounding areas. They have gathered surveillance videos from nearby businesses and government buildings.

The 52-year-old Reed was awaiting trial for first degree murder. He has many tattoos, including several on his hands and arms.

He escaped with another inmate, Leviticus Taylor. Deputies later found Taylor who is back behind bars.

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