Prison Escapee Still On The Run

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

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.


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  • by Bell Location: Pineville on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    Billy: This is the first escape in 2 years at Bell County Forestry Camp. This is a big feat for these people seeming that escapes where abundant a few years ago. There was an average of 8 escapes a year until the K-9 program was started 2 years ago. I think they have done an awesome job to get the number of escapes down. These types of things happen a lot in the prison system and it can't be stopped. Look at Alcatraz, it was built and said to be unescapable and they breeched it. As long as there are prisoners, there are gonna be escapes. It happens. Be assured that the camp is doing everything in their power to apprehend this man.
  • by Past Victim Location: Harlan on Jul 30, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    For those that think this camp contains only prisoners of minor offense's, I know that this is not so. I know for a fact that they have had many prisoners that were in for murder. Also as for easy to excape. Ha! I'd say so, If they were watched so good, then why is a member of my family dead, by the hands of 2 excapee's from the same camp? As far as I am concerned the camp should have been shut down 7 years ago.
  • by anonymous Location: knox on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    It's scary knowing that he's out there some where. You would think he would have been found by now. Do they not wear those ankle monitors if not the need to start, that way if the escape they can be found much quicker.
  • by me Location: corbin on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    hey bill...why not force these losers to work? its people like u that keep these losers on taxpayers dollars! and then gripe moan and groan and complain about having to keep them up! get real Bill!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2008 at 11:49 PM
    hmmm why so many braking lose from jail and prisons. some one not doing a very good job. owell
  • by conserened citizen on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    first of all they do there job at the camp second of all its not like they told him to run he's a new guy trying his luck and they havent had many escapes at the camp in a while,They will find him they always do.
  • by Lois Location: Tennessee on Jul 29, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    I always thought the Forestry Camp was for minor offenders like drugs and stuff. Why in the world would they send that guy there with him being in a gang. Why in the world wasnt he better supervised? How does the forestry camp know for sure he wasnt involved in any gang activites while being there
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    DUE TO STAFF SECURITY SHORTAGES BECAUSE OF RETIREMENTS THEY WILL NOT FILL EMPTY STAFF POSITIONS WHEN THEY BECOME OPEN HOPE SAVING A DOLLAR DOESN'T COST SOME FAMILY A LOVE ONE.THE GOVERNOR NEEDS TO MAKE THIS A MEDIUM SECURITY FACILITY WITH A FENCE AROUND IT.THIS WOULD BRING MUCH NEEDED JOBS TO THIS AREA ALONG WITH MONEY FOR THE REGION, LOOK WHAT THE PRISON SYSTEM HAS DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY'S AROUND LAGRANGE KY.THE INMATES ARE ONLY GOING TO KEEP GETTING STRONGER FROM THE WEIGHT PILE AND SMARTER ABOUT NOT GETTING CAUGHT THE NEXT TIME FROM THE TAX PAYERS MONEY OF KENTUCKY BECAUSE KY. TAXES BUY THEM WEIGHTS TO WORK OUT WITH AND GIVE'S INMATES $150.00 FOR GETTING A GED.I HAD RATHER GIVE MY $150 TO A CHILD THAT GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL THAT PLANS ON GOING TO COLLEGE OR A TRADE SCHOOL. PEOPLE OF BELL COUNTY NEED TO BRING THIS TO THE GOVERNORS ATTENTION
  • by clay Location: Mt. sterling on Jul 29, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Who does the DOC have in charge of the Classification process and do they still have a job. This very poor correctional management
  • by Billy Location: Harlan on Jul 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    It seems like a prisoner is always escaping from the Bell County Forestry Camp!
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