Ohio police continue search for missing inmate

Authorities are continuing their search for an inmate who apparently escaped from a jail facility in southeast Ohio after putting socks on his hands to protect himself as he climbed a barbed wire fence.

The Logan Daily News reports Wednesday that Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North says a man fitting the suspect's description knocked on a resident's door Monday night and asked to use the phone, but was turned away.

The Fairfield County Sheriff's office says prisoner Jeremiah Searles was discovered missing shortly before midnight Monday after a headcount at the jail about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

The 31-year-old Searles was being held on a Missouri warrant for deviant sexual assault and local charges including obstruction, falsification, criminal trespass and possession of narcotics.