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sandlin2GOLDEN, Colo. -- Multiple agencies are seeking a 32-year-old inmate who escaped from the maximum security area of the Jefferson County Jail on Sunday night and wasn't discovered missing for about 30 minutes, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning.

Travis Sandlin, 32, is white, 6-foot and weighs 185 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a gray jumpsuit.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Sandlin escaped by prying a section of metal mesh fencing in the outdoor recreation area. She added it's the first escape in the jail's history.

Sandlin wasn't noticed to be missing until a headcount was done after inmates were brought back inside from the recreational area.

"Clearly, there is a system failure here," Kelley said. "I can tell you that right now we're not allowing any of our inmates to outdoor rec in any area of the jail."

Sandlin was being held in a maximum security area on several crimes, including burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a weapon, aggravated motor vehicle theft, ID theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Kelley said 37 locations have been looked into in pursuit of Sandlin. He was arrested July 21 by Arvada Police and housed in the maximum security area based on his arrest record. Hospitals have been put on alert because Sandlin might have a leg or ankle injury after falling 10 feet in his escape, and he could have a bad scrape on his back.

Kelley said it's the first time there has been an escape at the jail. Reverse notification calls were sent to more than 1,000 homes within a half-mile of the jail.

FOX31 Denver spoke to Sandlin's mother Monday afternoon. She says she's worried about her son's safety and also says she has know idea where he is.

If you have information about Sandlin's whereabouts, call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612 or call 911 if you see him.


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