Man from Gainesville escapes from a work detail job in Sedalia, Mo.

Jason Laird has several convictions out of Ozark County
Jason Laird
Courtesy:  Missouri Department of Corrections
Jason Laird Courtesy: Missouri Department of Corrections(KYTV)
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 3:56 AM CDT
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SEDALIA, Mo. (KY3) -A search is underway for a prison escapee from Gainesville. The Sedalia Police Department says Jason Laird, 44, escaped while on a department of corrections work release job at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Laird may have stolen a truck from a MoDOT maintenance shed at the fairgrounds. Police were called to the shed at 6:00 AM this morning. The White 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax 2500 has a Missouri License Plate 110189M. The truck has chrome running boards.

Laird was serving seven years in the Tipton Correctional Center for burglary, stealing and several other charges.

The Ozark County Sheriff asked for help finding Laird back in January 2020 after he was convicted of domestic assault and ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim. But Laird went to the victim’s house, then escaped into the woods.

Laird was arrested in February 2020 at a home in Kirbyville.

Laird was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray pants and black boots. Call 911 if you have seen him.

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