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Prisoner reportedly escapes from work detail
Chaney Tyler Hankins, a state inmate who has been held in the Effingham County jail, allegedly walked away from a work detail Monday morning in the Sunbury area. - photo by Photo provided.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a prisoner who walked away from road-work detail Monday afternoon.

Chaney Tyler Hankins, 23, was last seen on Fort Morris Road in Sunbury. He was wearing white pants, with a blue stripe running down the pant legs, orange shirt and black boots. He is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Hankins is a state inmate who has been held in the Effingham County jail, according to Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes. Sikes added shortly after 10 p.m. Monday that the search will continue throughout the night. 

Sheriff’s Maj. Jeffrey Hein said Hankins walked away from the work detail at Fort Morris Historic Site around 2:15 p.m. He said Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 officers were working to establish a track of Hankins and that officers from several agencies, including a Georgia State Patrol helicopter, set up a several-mile perimeter in an effort to apprehend Hankins.

Hein added that he understood there were five to seven inmates, including Hankins, on the work detail, accompanied by one corrections officer.

Pete Morris, an investigator with the Department of Corrections, said the Effingham County jail is a low- to minimum-security prison.

Morris said Hankins was convicted of aggravated assault and theft by taking for an offense in Bartow County in November and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Other charges listed on his escape-information sheet include obstruction of law enforcement, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Anyone seeing him is asked to call 911 immediately.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Corrections responded to the incident.


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