Graceville Schools Put on Lockdown After Inmate Escapes

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Graceville, FL- Department of Corrections Officers said Jeremy Foxworth, 26 years old, was painting at the Old Graceville City Hall Tuesday morning when all of a sudden he disappeared.

At least 50 officers from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Graceville Police Department, Department of Corrections, and the Florida Highway Patrol were all working the search Tuesday.

They went door to door, combing every inch of the city. They told News 4 they received a few tips but nothing that led them to Foxworth as of Tuesday evening.

Officers said Foxworth has some sort of connection to the northern-most part of Northwest Florida and they were also checking into that.

"We do consider him (armed and dangerous) right now because of the burglaries and the firearms charges prior. He's on the run, we don't know what he'll do," said Jackson County Sheriff's Department Major Donnie Branch.

Meanwhile, it was a stressful day for teachers and administrators at Graceville High and Elementary. Authorities placed both school on lock down Tuesday because of Foxworth's escape.

"The students are safe right here at school, they're safe on the buses. We're communicating right now with parents to make sure the students have a place to go home, and we know that there is someone there and their home is secured," said Graceville High School Principal Chris Franklin.

School Administrators said all the students had made it home safely Tuesday night. Authorities continued to search for Foxworth Tuesday night and ask you to report any tips to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office or the Graceville Police Department.


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