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Deputies search for escaped Macon Co. inmate

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Charles Cochran (Source: Macon Co. Detention Center) Charles Cochran (Source: Macon Co. Detention Center)
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped a work detail at the Macon County jail on Wednesday, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Robert Holland said about 9 p.m. a jailer was out with trustee inmates cleaning up around the jail, as they do daily. He said Charles Cochran, 21, took off running as the crew took trash to the dumpster.

Holland said the jailer couldn't give chase because she had another inmate with her, so she called for backup, got the other inmate inside and officers on the scene in less than three minutes.

Cochran ran through the woods and into a field, and deputies have setup a perimeter in the area of Lakeside Drive and Lake Emory Road, Holland said. He said they are confident Cochran is in the area of the jail.

Through the night, Holland said officers found several of Cochran's items, including an envelope containing photos belonging to him, one of his shoes, a white T-shirt he was wearing and the orange pants he was wearing at the time of the escape.

Cochran weighs about 150 pounds, has hazel eyes, short brown hair and may be wearing a T-shirt and gray sweat pants, according to deputies.

Cochran was a county inmate, being held on a misdemeanor trespassing charge out of Colorado, according to Holland. He said Cochran has been in the jail for two weeks, has been a model prisoner and has not had any infractions.

"While we are making every effort to locate Mr. Cochran, we do not consider him to be a danger to our community or a threat to the safety of the public," Holland said.

The Highway Patrol is expected to help the sheriff's office in the search for Cochran.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 immediately.

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