The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office continued their search Friday morning for an inmate who escaped from the Pettis County Jail shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.
Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond told the Democrat that Brandon McGee, 29, of Sedalia, escaped from the jail by removing a shower head in the jail’s shower room and escaping through the hole into a service corridor that led to an external exit from the facility.
“This happened just prior to nightly lockdown and staff were prepping for checks and another inmate in the pod informed us another inmate was missing from their cell,” Bond said. ““We have detectives and deputies out following up on leads and trying to locate him but he has not been recaptured yet.”
Officials said they believe he then fled southbound on foot, wearing black gym shorts and a white T-shirt. McGee is described as a slender white male, 5’9” 130 pounds with brown eyes, sandy brown hair, and a goatee.
Bond said jail inmates are required to wear a jail uniform while in custody, but believes McGee was wearing shorts and a T-shirt under his uniform.
McGee was in custody on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit device. Bond said that despite the non-violent nature of his crime “the act of escape in itself is a violent act” and urged people to contact law enforcement if they believe they have seen him or know his whereabouts rather than confronting him themselves.
Although his last known address was in Sedalia, Bond said McGee also has prior addresses in Morgan and Benton counties.
“We have issued a statewide broadcast but we have been in direct contact with both those counties and actually multiple law enforcement agencies in both counties and have asked them to be on the lookout and see if they can provide us with any info as well,” Bond said.
In addition to the search, Bond said county officials have also been examining McGee’s means of escape and are working to secure the shower area to prevent future escapes.
“This morning we have been in the process of addressing the point of escape,” Bond said. “The jail is very secure, but a vulnerability has been identified and we taking steps to make sure this does not occur again.”
Anyone seeing or who may have knowledge of the whereabouts of Brandon McGee are urged to call 911, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office at 660-827-0052 or call the Crimestopper Hotline at 827-8477 (TIPS). A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.