Search Continues for Escaped Inmate

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Graceville, FL- As an all out search continued into its second day Wednesday, there was still no sign of escaped inmate Jeremy Foxworth.

"We had several calls last night of prowlers and suspicious people. We were busy last night answering those calls, but it was negative as far as it being him," said Jackson County Sheriff's Office Major Donnie Branch.

Several agencies including the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Graceville Police Department have focused their search on the Holmes Creek Area near the county line.

"We dispatched our helicopter up this morning," said Branch.

Meanwhile, as this is all going on, residents said they're worried Foxworth could be hiding in their own backyard.

"I'm home alone today by myself for a little while and I'm walking around my house with a butcher knife," said Graceville resident Angela Guinand.

"It scares you because the people today, just the evil that goes around," said Graceville resident Terry Stewart.

Resident Kathleen Scott said she's not just concerned for her safety, she wanted to know how Foxworth made it into the work camp program to begin with.

"I don't understand the logic in the court system whatsoever. It's ridiculous sometimes," said Scott.

The Florida Department of Corrections said only inmates who've displayed good behavior and worked their way to minimum security or community custody are allowed to participate.

Residents also said they wanted to know why Foxworth wasn't wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, but the Department of Corrections didn't answer the question Wednesday whether work camp inmates are supposed to wear them.

New details also emerged Wednesday about who was watching the work group as the inmates painted Graceville's old City Hall building Tuesday morning. Officials said Graceville Fire Chief Tommy Dennis was the one supervising. Investigators said he checked on them at 9:15 then realized two minutes later Foxworth was gone. They said Foxworth hid his inmate clothes in the roof beams.


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