Search continues for escaped Knox inmate

Harley David Smith
Harley David Smith

The Knox County Sheriff’s office is looking for the community’s help in finding a Knox County Detention Center inmate that escaped Sunday afternoon.

According to jail officials, Harley David Smith, 28, of Frankfort, ran away from the correctional facility during evening meal preparation.

Smith waited until a side door was opened (to allow a female deputy to enter the facility). Smith ran past the guard and was last seen sprinting down Jail Street towards the floodwall.

Smith, a jail trustee, was temporarily placed in the Knox County Detention Center while waiting to be sentenced as a state inmate.

Smith was arrested in August and charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, promoting contraband and trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Smith allegedly stole a truck, lawnmower and other various items.

Smith had previously been convicted of second degree robbery and second degree burglary in 2012 and third degree assault in 2010.

Smith is described as a white male with a medium complexion. He is  5’11’’  and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark-blue pants, a white t-shirt and black and white tennis shoes.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of this inmate, please call 911.