Police searching for two men who escaped from Bell County Forestry Camp

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email


The search continues for two inmates who escaped Monday from the Bell County Forestry Camp.

Timothy Bowling, 37, and Sammy Chilton, 28, disappeared around 6:00 p.m.
"They weren't present for the 6:00 count," said Warden Kathy Litteral.
Officers say the two were present at the 3:30 p.m. count.

Officials say after they disappeared, a dog followed their scent into the woods next to the camp, but then lost them.

Tuesday, the search went to Harlan County. State police searched several places in the Wallins area, where Bowling is from, but still did not find them.

"If anyone is caught hiding these individuals, you will also be charged. So we're asking the public to contact Post 10, do the right thing," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

Police ask anyone who might see them or know where they are to report it.

Corrections officers say the two inmates are not considered violent, but say if you see them, do not approach them.

Chilton is serving a five year sentence for drug trafficking in Marshall County.

Bowling is serving a seven year sentence for theft and drug charges in Harlan County.

Both men would be eligible for parole at the beginning of next year. Officers do not know why they left.

"We don't. In fact, in talking with one inmate's mother, he said he loved it here and said we treated him very well," said Litteral.

Both inmates face more jail time now.

Officials describe Timothy D. Bowling as a 37 year old white male, 6'0", 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Sammy L Chilton is described as a 28 year old white male, 5' 8", 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about these inmates is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at Post 10 in Harlan, 606-573-3131.


Police are looking for two inmates that walked away from the Bell County Forestry Camp Monday night.

Both are white men.

37 year old Timothy Bowling of Harlan County is six foot tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

28 year old Sammy Chilton is 5'8", around 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police say he might also have ties to Harlan County.

If you have any information, you should call the forestry camp or the sheriff's department.

The forestry camp is a minimum security prison in Pineville.

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