Law enforcement officers searched the Kearney Road area in northern Fayette County on Monday night for an inmate who escaped from Blackburn Correctional Complex.
Kentucky State Police in Frankfort said Basil Dewayne Gilpin, who was serving time for burglary, escaped at about 9:42 p.m.
State police said Gilpin could be trying to get to London, or to Bell, Knox or Harlan counties.
Gilpin is a white man, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos.
He was last seen wearing either a grey sweat suit or a two-piece khaki uniform.
Anyone with information may call state police at (502) 227-2221 or 1-800-222-5555.