Dade County sheriff's office searching for escaped inmate

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 4:29 p.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — Officers from several agencies are searching for a man who escaped from a southwest Missouri county jail.

The Dade County sheriff's office says 23-year-old William Korry Smith remained at large Tuesday afternoon, a day after he broke out by faking an emergency and overpowering a jailer.

Smith was being held on suspicion of theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

The sheriff's department said Smith may have had help with the escape. Officials found a cellphone that appears to have been smuggled into the jail and showed recent communication between Smith and a woman just before the escape.

The jail is located in Greenfield, about 60 miles northwest of Springfield.

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