LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Limestone County sheriff's deputies say an inmate out on work release walked off from his shift at Cast Products, Inc. on Monday.
Deputies used a helicopter and tracking dogs to look for Joseph Lee Davis along Highway 127.
CPI is less than a mile away from the sheriff's office.
"Work release inmates have more leeway than people who are here. Even more so than a lot of our trustees, because they're going to and from a work site day to day," Limestone County sheriff's department public information officer Stephen Young said.
Deputies searched with dogs and a helicopter, but by sunset, hadn't tracked down Davis.
"We don't believe he's a threat to public safety. As work release inmates are typically nonviolent offenders," Young said.
Davis has a history of burglary, gun possession, eluding police and giving false information.
"From a paperwork standpoint, you've already got existing charges. There are going to be new charges," Young said.
Deputies say Davis is 6-foot-1 and weighs 150 pounds.
He has brown hair and blue eyes and neck tattoos.
Davis was last seen wearing a gray Reebok hoodie, jeans, a black hat with a white inscription, and black tennis shoes.
Anybody with information on Davis's location is advised to contact LCSO at (256) 232-0111.