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Manhunt for 'extremely dangerous' prisoner who escaped US jail

United States officials said a prisoner considered “extremely dangerous” escaped a jail in Pennsylvania.

Danelo Cavalcante, 34, broke out of Chester County Prison early on Thursday (Friday AEST), according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

The prison is about 60kms west of Philadelphia.

US police have launched a manhunt for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante, 34, who broke out of prison in Philadelphia. (Chester County District Attorney’s Office, US) (Supplied)

He was last seen at around 9.40am walking along a road in Pocopson Township, wearing a white T-shirt, grey shorts and white trainers.

“Chester County Detectives and the Pennsylvania State Police are conducting a thorough county-wide search,” said the district attorney’s office.

“Danelo Cavalcante is considered an extremely dangerous man,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan.

“His depravity knows no bounds … this is someone with nothing to lose,” she told US media.

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Cavalcante was convicted of first-degree murder on August 16 for killing his former girlfriend in 2021.

He was sentenced to life without parole last week.