COPY-Ohio authorities search for missing jail inmate

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - Police say an inmate who apparently escaped from a jail facility in southeast Ohio put socks on his hands to protect himself as he climbed a barbed wire fence.

Fairfield County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Voris said Tuesday that prisoner Jeremiah Searles was discovered missing shortly before midnight after a headcount at the jail about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

Voris said the 31-year-old Searles was being held at the jail annex on local charges of obstruction, falsification, criminal trespass and possession of narcotics.

Voris said Searles was also being held on a Missouri warrant for deviant sexual assault.

A search by state and local police and local prison officials is continuing.

Information from: WBNS-TV,

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