Henry Rickard Jr.

A Kentucky work release inmate who is believed to have escaped to the Buchanan area was being sought Thursday by Kentucky and Henry County authorities.

The alert for Henry M. Rickard Jr., 56, whose last known address was 7405 Rabbit Creek Road, was issued about 12:45 p.m. by the Kentucky State Police.

He is described as a white male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds and having salt and pepper hair and brown eyes.

Rickard had been incarcerated in Kentucky on drugs and weapons charges, and should be considered dangerous.

“We don’t believe he’s armed at this time, but we do want to get him in custody as soon as possible,” Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Thursday afternoon.

According to the KSP, it was notified about 12:45 p.m. Thursday by Calloway County jail staff that Rickard had escaped.

He was last seen operating a Calloway County Road Department truck in the area of Sycamore Industrial Road in Murray.

“He was a trusty of some sort at the county highway department in Calloway County,” Belew said.

The truck was later found about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 119 and Rabbit Creek Road.

Belew said Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and his K-9, Adora, were running a track on Rickard’s scent about 3 p.m.  Thursday

“He has spent time in the Henry County jail before, and is no stranger to the criminal justice system,” Belew said.

The public is asked not to approach Rickard if located.

Anyone with information regarding Rickard’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, or contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721.

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