A Leavenworth County Jail inmate who reportedly ran away from an unsecured area remained at large Friday afternoon, a spokesman said.

A Leavenworth County Jail inmate who reportedly ran away from an unsecured area remained at large Friday afternoon, a spokesman said.

George J. Burgess Jr., 38, reportedly ran away around 11:45 p.m. Thursday while on a duty assignment.

Undersheriff Jim Sherley said Burgess, who was a trusty, was outside of the jail at the time but still inside the Justice Center.

“He was with jail staff at the time,” Sherley said.

Sherley said Burgess was pursued by staff, but he was able to get away.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office and Leavenworth Police Department searched for Burgess Thursday night with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies.

Members of the Leavenworth Fire Department launched a boat onto the Missouri River to assist with the search, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

Sherley said authorities continued to look for Burgess Friday.

“We’re actively working on it,” he said.

Sherley said Burgess was serving a seven-month sentence at the Leavenworth County Jail.

Burgess is described as a white man who has brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 152 pounds.

The Sheriff’s Office has released a photograph of Burgess. The picture shows Burgess with a beard, but Sherley said the inmate is now clean shaven and has a fresh haircut.

The undersheriff said Burgess does not have a violent criminal history. But Sherley said people should show caution if they encounter Burgess.

People with information about Burgess are asked to contact the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office 913-682-5724 or 913-724 -1313. People also can leave information through the Sheriff's Office website tip line at www.lvsheriff.org