A search continues for an prison escapee police say has connections to a violent gang.
Police are searching for 41-year-old William Hill.
He escaped last night from the Bell County Forestry Camp and is believed to be dangerous.
Kentucky State Police want to stress no one should approach William Hill if they see him.
Prison officials say although he was not involved in gang activity during his time at the Bell County Forestry Camp.
He admitted he has a connection to a group the FBI considers a threat.
Corrections & emergency response teams are combing Bell County and surrounding areas in search of an escaped inmate.
A man officials say is a certified member of MS-13.
“MS-13 specifically is a very violent gang. They originated in Central America and their starting to filter into the United States,” Jeremy Lee, KSP, said.
According to the FBI there are 6-thousand known members of MS-13 in the U.S..
Kentucky State Police in Bell County say Hill is the first known member they've dealt with in this area.
“Usually have Latin Americans in the gangs. This person, Mr. William Hill, is specifically a white male which is a little, little odd,” Lee said.
Hill was convicted in Laurel County of having a handgun as a convicted felon and police aren't sure where he is headed
Police say Hill last lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
“He's not been discovered as of yet. Encouraging any help any sightings from the community would be helpful but I can't exaggerate enough to not approach him,” Lee said.
Officials say the safest thing for anyone to do is call 9-1-1 immediately.