MMA fighter suspected of murder escapes from prison van in Texas

Cedric Marks escaped from the private prison transport van during a stop for food at a McDonald's in Conroe, Texas, Police Lieutenant Dorcy McGinnis said during a news conference in the city, which is about 65 kilometres north of Houston.

Authorities said Marks is "extremely dangerous" and that anyone who sees him should immediately call 911.

The circumstances surrounding the murder charges against Marks were not immediately clear. Scott and another Temple resident - Michael Swearingin, 32 - were found dead January 15 in a wooded area of Okfuskee County, Oklahoma.

Police officials urge the public not to approach Marks as he is considered to be extremely unsafe.

Marks had been extradited from MI after he was accused of breaking into the Temple, Texas, home of Jenna Scott, his ex-girlfriend, according to KCEN.

Marks, who has not been charged in their deaths, was jailed in MI awaiting extradition for allegedly breaking into Scott's home back in August, according to the television station. The protective order request was denied.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office tweeted that Marks is no longer wearing a shirt.

Marks was arrested and jailed in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the Temple warrant.

Police in Bloomington, Minn., say Marks remains a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, who was the mother of one of his children.

Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, is charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence with the intent to impair, a third-degree felony.

She was 30 years old when she was reported missing and was the mother of Marks' son, who was the subject of a heated custody battle, according to court documents from Washington state that the Telegram obtained. KCEN-TV said Maxwell is accused of taking Swearingin's vehicle to Austin in an attempt to hide it. His last fight was in September.

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