UPDATE: Jail escapee captured in Floyd County

UPDATE: The suspect has been captured


Officials in Floyd County are seeking an inmate who allegedly escaped from the Floyd County Detention Center. 

According to the Prestonsburg Police Department, Shawn Gayheart, of McDowell, escaped from the jail Wednesday and fled in the direction of Highland Avenue. He was last seen wearing red shorts and a white shirt.

Gayheart has been lodged in the jail for approximately a month on a charge of fleeing or evading police, Prestonsburg Police say. Anyone with information on Shawn Gayheart’s whereabouts is advised to avoid contact with him and call 911 immediately.

CLARIFICATION: A version of this report contained information regarding Shawn Gayheart’s arrest, but the information published pertained to his arrest in late May and should not have been attributed to the escape incident and capture occurring Wednesday, July 8. We regret any confusion this mistake may have caused.

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