State inmate walks away from county jail

Published 12:43 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A state inmate is reported to have walked away from his job post at the Pearl River County jail on Sunday.

Inmate Waylon Lee Strickland, 31, reportedly walked away from his work post at the jail mechanics shop in Millard at about 4:30 p.m.. A press release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections states that Strickland is about 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighs about 220 pounds and has green eyes and blonde hair. He has tattoos on his arms and back. One of the tattoos on his back is a map of Mississippi, the release states.

Strickland was a part of the state work program as a trustee.

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Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said Strickland is not considered dangerous. He said in order for an inmate to be considered for the state work program, that inmate cannot have been convicted of a violent crime or a sex crime.

Tucker said the mechanic’s shop area is not fenced in.

“He didn’t break out of our facility, he walked off his job post,” Tucker said.

Strickland is still at large, Tucker said. According to the release, he was last seen wearing MDOC green and white striped pants and a Pearl River County pullover shirt, white in color. The release states that he may have a blue MDOC jacket in his possession.

Personnel with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department are working with MDOC and other agencies to determine where Strickland might be. Tucker said they have some ideas where he might be, but declined to elaborate.

Strickland is serving a three-year sentence for a conviction out of Greene County for possession of precursors and possession of a controlled substance, the release states.

Information about Strickland’s whereabouts should be directed to the Sheriff’s Department at 601-403-2500 or at 601-795-3050. Reports about his whereabouts also can be directed to MDOC by calling 662-745-6611.