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Authorities trying to locate escaped Hardin County inmate

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Kenneth Townsend (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Kenneth Townsend (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hardin County inmate has escaped -- and now authorities are trying to find him.

According to a news release from the jail, inmate Kenneth Townsend walked away from an assigned work detail at Helping Hands of Hope -- an Elizabethtown organization that provides financial assistance -- Tuesday afternoon.

His current location is not known.

Authorities say Townsend was serving a 10-year sentence on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and criminal possession of a forged instrument. 

He is described as a 54-year-old white male, 6'-1" tall, weighing 200 pounds, with gray hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, boots, a camouflage long-sleeve t-shirt, a black rain jacket and a black sock cap.

Authorities do not believe Townsend is armed, but he is considered to be dangerous. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to stay away from him, while at the same time contacting their local police department, the Kentucky State Police at (270) 766-5078, or Lt. Reynolds with the Hardin County Detention Center at (270) 765-4159.

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