Southeastern Correctional is a mainly minimum- and medium-security prison with about 1,500 inmates.
(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 near Lancaster.
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.