Burke jail inmate still missing a week after leaving work detail

Monday, July 6, 2009 2:24 PM
Last updated 3:53 PM
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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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noway
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noway 07/06/09 - 01:33 pm
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Why was this guy, with all of

Why was this guy, with all of these charges against him, given the "freedom" to clean up the Sheriff's Office?? Was he not being watched? Way to go!

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1trugent 07/06/09 - 01:50 pm
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I agree with that.

I agree with that.

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MaskedMan 07/06/09 - 02:17 pm
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5'9 135 young black

5'9 135 young black male......Should be easy to find.

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Tots 07/06/09 - 07:17 pm
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Noway@2:33 I agree with your

Noway@2:33 I agree with your post.But would also ask why did it take so long to make the news?

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