Authorities searching for Geiger escapee surround South Hill home

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Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:09:07 PM PST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 12:09:22 AM PST
South Hill standoff pic
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The scene is clear after law enforcement officials surrounded a home in the 800 block of South Adams on the lower South Hill Tuesday night searching for an escaped Geiger inmate.

South Adams was closed down between the 800 and 900 blocks during the operation, but quickly reopened after a search of the home revealed the man was not there.

Federal and local law enforcement agencies were following up on a tip received Sunday night that escaped Geiger inmate Michael Wheeler could be inside the house on South Adams.

Four people were detained; there's no word on what their alleged connection was to Wheeler.

Mark Gregory with the Spokane County Sheriff's Department said they will continue to look for Wheeler until they find him.

“We have had some pretty good calls from citizens and stuff wanting to help out and hopefully one of those tips turns out to be Mr. Wheeler,” he said.

Wheeler, 38, was last seen by Geiger staff between 5:35 and 5:55 p.m. Sunday in the kitchen at Geiger Corrections Center.

Spokane County Sheriff’s patrol deputies, K9s and other law enforcement agencies responded to the area, set up a perimeter and conducted a search but were unable to locate him.