Burke jail inmate still missing a week after leaving work detail

A Burke County Sheriff’s investigator said there are no leads in the escape of an inmate who walked away from a work detail at department headquarters last week.

“It’s like he just dropped off the face of the earth,” Sgt. Dan Lowe said in an e-mail this morning.

Jerry Lee Jones, 44, slipped off Tuesday morning while working as a custodian cleaning up at the sheriff’s office off Georgia Highway 24. Police said he left wearing his white jail-issued duds with “Burke County Sheriff’s Office” marked on the back of his shirt.

He is described as black, 5 feet-9 inches in height and 135 pounds. He was arrested on July 26 on charges of theft by bringing a stolen vehicle into the state, terroristic threats and acts, two counts of obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, giving a false name to an officer, no driver’s license and unlawful use of a license plate, according to Sgt. Lowe.

Anyone with information about Mr. Jones’ whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 706-554-2133 or the law enforcement agency in their area.

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