LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Blackburn Correctional Complex this morning.

According to Kentucky State Police, 42-year-old Richard Shell escaped from from the facility just before 9 a.m.

Shell, who is from Miami, Florida, has been at the facility since June 22, serving a sentence for two counts of receiving stolen property.

According to KSP, Shell is 6-feet tall with a medium build, weighs 200 pounds and has blond or strawberry hair and blue eyes. He has several distinctive tattoos, including a Harley Davidson emblem on his left shoulder and a Rebel flag on his right shoulder.

A WDRB investigation of escapes at every Kentucky prison over the past 10 years shows 62 inmates have escaped from Blackburn since 2004.

The number of escapes at Blackburn is higher than the rest of Kentucky's prisons because inmates are able to escape easily -- all they have to do is hop a fence -- not a security fence with barbed wire.

If you see Shell, call Kentucky State Police at 502-227-2221 or 1-800-222-5555. Or dial 911.


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