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Central Bucks schools closed amid search for escaped prisoner

Authorities closed schools due to the search for Daniel Selby, wanted for failing to appear in court to face drug charges, but now believe he has left the area.

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Authorities say a prisoner whose escape prompted the closure of all schools in the Central Bucks School District Monday is believed to have left the area.

Doylestown Township officials said late Monday morning that the search for 25-year-old Daniel Selby was called off in the immediate area, as investigators developed information that he "was aided in fleeing area." Police were continuing to follow leads to locate him, officials said.

A shelter-in-place alert was issued for some Bucks County residents Sunday night and lifted Monday morning, after the decision was made to close the schools.

The search for the escapee persisted overnight and into Monday. Officials didn't say who was believed to have helped him get away from the area, or how they did so.

Selby was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court to face drug charges, officials said. Township officials described him as a "non-violent offender."

He got away from sheriff's office authorities near Bristol Road and Lower State Road about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Doylestown Township officials.

Selby was last seen locally around 4:30 a.m. Monday at a convenience store in the Edison Village area.

He was still in handcuffs when he got away, and was wearing an orange shirt and using a white blanket to hide the handcuffs, authorities said.

The escape happened while he was being transported, NBC Philadelphia reported. Further details about how he got away weren't available.

The search appeared to focus on the Doylestown and Warrington areas before it was called off.