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UPDATE: Muscogee County Prison escapee may have left the county, officials say

A Muscogee County Prison inmate who walked off work detail this afternoon may have left the county, according to prison warden Dwight Hamrick.

Officials are still searching for Darrian Williams, 37, who walked away from a work detail in front of the prison at around 11:40 a.m. today. Prison officials used a helicopter and a K-9 unit to search for Williams, but as of 4 p.m., Hamrick said there hadn’t been any sightings of the inmate and K-9 dogs hadn’t picked up any tracks.

“He doesn’t appear to be in the county. We feel like he may have been picked up a significant other,” he said. He said he could not comment on whether authorities in Atlanta or surrounding counties had been notified of Williams’ escape.

“But the search hasn’t been called off yet,” he said.

Hamrick said Williams was one of five inmates in that particular work detail.

“He walked off from just inside the guard line,” the warden added. “He was cutting grass. He laid the weed eater down and walked off.”

Williams, of Atlanta, was incarcerated for impersonating an officer and giving false testimony. His release date was April 2016, Hamrick said.

Williams is a black man, 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. Anyone who sees the suspect should contact authorities at 911.

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