Search Continues For Escaped Lexington Inmate

A search is underway tonight for a man who escaped from Lexington's Blackburn Correctional Facility.

The state says Jeffrey Reed showed up missing after the noon inmate count.

The 40-year-old was working outside the Blackburn prison, when authorities say he walked away.

Prison officials, the Lexington Police Department and Kentucky state troopers immediately began a search.

K-9's, a helicopter and dozens of police scoured the area around the jail and near some train tracks. The dogs picked up a scent near the tracks, but Reed was never found.

He was spending 8 years in jail on a burglary conviction out of Owsley County. He was up for parole next year.

We've also learned his girlfriend lives in Madison County and his family is from Owsley County.

Reed now faces an escape charge that could put him back in prison for an additional five years.

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