Search continues for escapee

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The search continues in Johnson County for a man who escaped from custody in Louisville. Police say 26 year old Daniel Bell was found near Paintsville on Friday and ran from officers.

Police have searched Johnson County ever since then for Bell who police say is a fugitive from justice.

He escaped from a Halfway House in Louisville on July 21st. Friday, he was found at a shop on Route 321, but ran from officers into the woods and has not been seen since.

The sheriff says on Saturday an anonymous tip gave him Bell's cell phone number. He says when he called, Bell answered. "Tried to explain to Daniel that it would be best for him if he would just turn himself in, at which time he refused. He hung up the phone on me," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

They have not reached him since.

Police say Bell has relatives and ties to Johnson County, so they think he is still in the area.

Bell was serving time for robbery, and police say he is considered dangerous. "In my opinion, any time somebody has escaped from jail, I find them to be a risk to the public," said Sheriff Price.

Police say anyone caught helping Bell hide could also face charges. "Yes, if you're found to be harboring him or witholding information about his whereabouts," said Paintsville Police Detective Jonathan Epperson.

If you see Bell or know where he is, call either the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 606-789-3411, the Paintsville Police Department at 606-789-4221, or KSP at 606-433-7711.

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