Photo Courtesy: Shannon County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Shannon County Searching for Escapee

Investigators in Shannon County are warning the public after a prison detainee escaped.

Kenny Carpenter was in custody at the Shannon County Sheriff’s Office when he escaped Thursday afternoon.

Jailers believe he snuck through a hole in the fence in order to get out.

Deputies have been conducting a search for Carpenter, but are short-staffed.

He has ties to the Columbia area, but has no other known connections in the state.

Carpenter is a Hispanic male standing 5’5″, in his 40s with several tattoos.

He is facing drug possession charges in Tennessee.