Update: Rockcastle County employee charged with helping inmate escape

Police said Joseph D. Morris escaped from work release with the help of a county employee.
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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated, July 10
Kentucky State Police arrested a Rockcastle County Road Department employee Tuesday.

Police said Perry Mason, 48, of Mount Vernon helped Joseph D. Morris escape from a work release detail in June.

Mason was charged with second-degree official misconduct and second-degree facilitation to escape. He was taken to the Rockcastle County Detention Center.

Updated, July 5
Kentucky State Police captured a Rockcastle County inmate who escaped last week.

Joseph D. Morris escaped from a work release detail on June 28th in the Red Hill community, police said.

On July 4th, troopers and Mount Vernon Police Department got word that Morris was at an abandoned camper off Trace Branch Road. They found Morris and brought him back to the Rockcastle County Detention Center.

Original Story, June 28
Kentucky State Police are looking for an inmate who escaped during work release Friday.

A Rockcastle County inmate work release detail was working on Highway 1955 in the Red Hill community.

Troopers said inmate Joseph D. Morris, 30, of Livingston ran away from a Rockcastle County employee while mowing grass on Daughtery Ridge Road. This happened around 1:15 p.m.

Despite immediately calling for more police units and setting up a perimeter, Morris has not been found yet.

Morris was last seen wearing brown khaki pants with an orange shirt. He is described as a white man with brown hair, stands 5'6" tall and weighs about 105 pounds.

If you see anyone matching the description, call KSP at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-878-6622.

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