Police: inmate escapee could be in Middlesboro

Police are searching in Bell County for an inmate who escaped in Marion County and possibly stole a truck. George Wesley Upton, 33, is from Middlesboro, and police believe he could be coming home.

Middlesboro police officers are on the lookout for Upton. They are carrying his picture in their cruisers; however, most officers know who he is.

"We've dealt with him quite a bit in the past," said Jeffrey Sharpe, Middlesboro Police Chief.

Upton has a lengthy criminal history in the area. Officials say he was serving a ten year sentence at the Marion Adjustment Center for wanton endangerment on a police officer and fleeing and evading charges.

State police say on May 29th, Upton walked away from the prison. Investigators say he might be in Middlesboro now.

"Generally speaking, when people escape from prison, they want to come back home. We don't have a confirmed sighting of him in this area at this time, but it's highly likely he could come back to this area," said Sharpe.

A blue and silver 1993 GMC Sierra pick-up truck with the license plate 419-GAE was reported stolen near the prison in Lebanon, but police say Upton could be driving anything at this point.

Police say anyone caught helping Upton could also go to jail.

"Anybody that helps him, conceals him, keeps him away from police or interferes in any attempt to recapture him could be charged themselves," said Sharpe.

Anyone who sees him should not approach him and call the local police department immediately.

Upton is a white man with brown hair and blue eyes, 5'11" tall and weighs 173 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck and arms.


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