Search for escapee continues

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The search continues for an inmate who escaped in Whitley County.

Jessie Ray Terry, 37, is one of two inmates who ran out of the jail early Sunday morning. The other suspect, Ronald Sisk has already been caught.

Whitley County Jailers say the kitchen door is supposed to stay locked. However, around 5:00 Sunday morning, jailers say a kitchen employee left it open.

"Normally it is supposed to be secured. She stated she forgot to lock it," said Chief Deputy Jailer Sandra Hoke.

Jailers say two inmates helping prepare breakfast then ran out of the unlocked kitchen door, then through the hallway, and then out a door known as "109" that leads outside.

Jailers say guards saw the escape on the security cameras.

"He (Sisk) just took his shoulder and ran into it (door 109). The guards ran out the door, screamed at them, and they just went up the mountain behind the jail," said Hoke.

Jailers say it should take 600 pounds to open the door to outside. They are still investigating how the inmates got it open.

Jailers say the kitchen employee accused of leaving the door unlocked no longer works at the jail.

Meanwhile dozens of corrections officers and Williamsburg Police officers are searching for Jessie Ray Terry.

The Sheriff says Terry was in jail on auto theft charges and the sheriff says people should be keep an eye out for him.

"They have a right to be concerned by what he was incarcerated for, three counts of auto theft," said Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Terry now faces escape charges.

Officials say the jail remains on lockdown due to the escape and search for Terry.

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