Oshkosh Police searching for escaped prisoner

OSHKOSH, Wis. - The Oshkosh Police Department is searching for an escaped inmate from the Winnebago Correctional Center.

Dennis O. Tharp, 29, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. Sunday but it's not clear when he escaped. He has ties to the Milwaukee area, according to police.

Tharp is described as 140 pounds, 5'6" with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, dark colored pants and a hat, police said.

Tharp was serving time for drug and weapon charges. He was scheduled to be released in December 2019, according to police.

"Don't approach him, that's what we're asking," said Joe Nichols, Crime Prevention Officer with Oshkosh Police. "Safety and vigilance is always a good thing no matter what your day is, whether it's an escapee or just a regular day. But if you happen to see him, call the police."

No one was injured during Tharp's escape. Officers are continuing to conduct a search of the surrounding area with the Omro Police Department's K9 unit.

Tharp is not considered a threat to the public, police said. Authorities believe he is with a woman.

If anyone has information about this escape or the location of Dennis Tharp, they are encouraged to contact Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700. 


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