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Georgia police are trying to find a man serving a life sentence who has been released from prison "by mistake" according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Tony Macon Munoz-Mendes, 31, was mistakenly released from the Rogers State Prison around 11:30 a.m. Friday. According to records from the Department of Penalties, Munoz-Mendes served a life sentence in April 2015.

31-year-old Tony Macon Munoz-Mendes was released from the Georges Rogers State Prison by mistake, according to the Department of corrections in Georgia. (Photo: courtesy of Georgia Departments)

Munoz-Mendes was convicted of charges of rape and aggravated child abuse.

Spokesman Laurie Benoit told CNN that the Department of Punishment was reviewing the circumstances surrounding the release of Munoz-Mendes. The statement issued by the agency did not say what led to the release of Munoz-Mendes.

Munoz-Mendez is described as 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, according to the Department of Corrections.

"All resources are used to ensure the prompt detention of Munoz-Mendes, including the Georgia Department of Corrections and U.S. Marshals' fugitives," the Department of Corrections said in a statement.

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