10:40 AM
Walter Salwasser

McDonald County authorities are asking for the public's help in locating an inmate that escaped from the McDonald County jail this morning.

Walter Salwasser, 36, (aka Woody) had been a trustee at the jail for a little over a month.

Sheriff Robert Evenson says that between 5:30 and 6:00 this morning, Salwasser simply walked out of the jail. Deputies found Salwasser's jail issued jump suit near a dumpster where a bunch of old clothing had recently been discarded.

Salwasser who has ties to Neosho, Joplin and Tulsa OK., is a white male, 6'03"/ 220 lbs. His head is shaved and he has green eyes and a goatee and has numerous tattoos.

Salwasser was in jail on forgery charges and could possibly be armed.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact either the McDonald County Sheriff's Office at 417-223-4319 or your local law enforcement agency or call 9-1-1.