Officials in Van Buren County searching for escaped inmate

by | August 12, 2017 1:33 pm

Last Updated: August 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Update 5:10 pm – According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Blankenship has been apprehended and returned to the Van Buren County Jail. 

Several law enforcement agencies are currently searching for an inmate who escaped Saturday morning from the Van Buren County Jail.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the escaped inmate has been identified as 28-year-old Gary Blankenship.

Local law enforcement stated that Blankenship is caucasian and has a full beard with a neck tattoo.

Blankenship was reportedly seen last wearing a tan jumpsuit.

No additional information is currently available regarding this incident.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Blankenship is encouraged to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department at 931-946-2118.

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