A Leavenworth County Jail inmate who reportedly ran away from an unsecured area last month remains at large. But the sheriff said authorities believe the man is still in the area.

A Leavenworth County Jail inmate who reportedly ran away from an unsecured area last month remains at large. But the sheriff said authorities believe the man is still in the area.

George J. Burgess Jr., 38, reportedly ran away the night of July 20 while on a duty assignment. Burgess was a trusty who was outside of the jail at the time but still inside of the Justice Center building. He had been serving a seventh-month sentence at the jail, according Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

Sheriff Andy Dedeke said Wednesday that authorities feel strongly that Burgess is still in the Leavenworth County-Wyandotte County area. And the search for him continues.

Dedeke said the Sheriff’s Office probably will not change the process used for selecting trusties at the jail. But Dedeke said the Sheriff’s Office is looking at options for preventing trusties from fleeing through unsecured doors.

When selecting trusties, jail officials look at factors such as inmates’ behavioral issues and the reasons they are in custody. Dedeke said officials look at other known issues concerning an inmate.

“Just as with anything, there’s always a risk in making the wrong choice,” he said.

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

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