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Waterloo-area authorities search for arson convict

WATERLOO (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old man serving time for a 1997 firebombing who left a Waterloo halfway house for work and didn't return.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says Gary Sumpter checked out of the Waterloo Residential Facility and didn't return Friday.

Sumpter is serving a 25-year sentence after being convicted of arson for setting a house on fire while two adults and two children were inside. He is serving additional time for problems he's had while in custody.

Records show that this is the second time Sumpter disappeared from the facility. The first was in December 2006.

The public is asked to contact police if they have any information on Sumpter.

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