A man with ties to Kingsport and who escaped from a Kentucky prison was spotted in the area Thursday, but was apparently able to continue evading capture.
Washington County Sheriff’s Capt. Larry Denny confirmed he and others on a fugitive recovery team helped search for Brandon Saylor.
While on the run after escaping from prison, Saylor allegedly broke into a home on First Street in Gray and stole several weapons and committed a home invasion in Kentucky.
Saylor was last spotted near the Hawkins County/Grainger County line and may have gotten a ride from a motorist.
“We started working on it last week, then late Thursday he was spotted in Bean Station,” said Denny on Friday.
“He got away from officers in the woods. They brought in a helicopter (but) wasn’t able to locate him,” he said.
Denny said Saylor has relatives in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.
U.S. Marshals in Tennessee became involved in the search at the request of marshals in Kentucky. The local fugitive recovery team was asked to assist the marshals in the search, Denny said.
Saylor was described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 160 pounds and has tattoos on his arms. One tattoo is a tribal symbol and another is barbed wire and skulls, Denny said.
Saylor was last seen with a beard and wearing a ball cap, black T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about Saylor’s whereabouts can contact their local law enforcement agency or call the sheriff’s office at 788-1414.