Inmate escapes from Bell County Forestry Camp

Police are searching for an inmate who walked away Thursday afternoon.

Joe Michael Spoonamore escaped from the Bell County Forestry Camp around 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

Spoonamore, who is from Rockcastle County, was serving a 12-year sentence for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and drug charges.

He is 36-years-old, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 175lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Spoonamore was eligible for parole in June 2013.

Officials say he may be traveling toward Rockcastle County.

If you have any information about Spoonamore, you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police in Harlan at 606-573-3131.


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