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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 7:44am

Search Continues For Escaped Inmate

Updated: 1 year ago.
Sheriff's officials said Cantrell concealed himself in the alcove of a doorway on the exterior of the building, then found a nearby work truck which had the keys in the ignition.

Law officers in northeast Georgia were searching for an inmate they say escaped from custody while being transferred from the Hall County Courthouse to a vehicle.

WDUN Radio reports that the escape happened Tuesday afternoon.

Hall County sheriff's officials identified the inmate as 46-year-old James Edward Cantrell of Gainesville.

Sheriff's officials said Cantrell concealed himself in the alcove of a doorway on the exterior of the building, then found a nearby work truck which had the keys in the ignition.

Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there was still no sign of Cantrell as of mid-day Wednesday.

Authorities said Cantrell was at the courthouse in connection with a temporary protective order associated with a family violence charge. Sheriff's officials say he should be considered dangerous.

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