Search on for escapee from Bell County

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The search is on in Bell County for an inmate who escaped Thursday while on work detail, according to Pineville Police.

Investigators say Jackie Howard was working with the Pineville Street Department when he went to use the restroom and ran off down a riverbank and disappeared.

As a precaution, Pineville Independent School was placed on soft lockdown immediately following the escape, which was lifted a short time later, according to police.

Anyone with information on Howard’s whereabouts is asked to contact emergency dispatch at 606-337-2207 or call 911.

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