published Monday, August 12th, 2013

Search on for inmate who escaped from prison in Bledsoe County

The Department of Correction is searching for an inmate who on Sunday evening walked away from a work detail near the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, a state prison near Pikeville.

Jeffery Lynn Carter, 32, was a minimum-custody trusty and was working on the prison’s farm at about 7 p.m. when he jumped from the tractor he was driving and ran into a nearby woods. Prison officials believe Carter is hiding in the wooded area where search efforts continue this morning. Carter was serving a 21-year sentence for convictions in Davidson County of aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery. His sentence was set to expire in 2018.

Carter is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall weighing 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Tennessee Department of Correction at 615-741-7144.

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