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GOLDEN, Colo. -- The search continues for a register sex offender who broke free from the Jefferson County Detention Facility. Travis Sandlin is a career criminal who was placed in the maximum security pod for crimes that included burglary, theft and drugs.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office suspended outdoor recreation time until officials can clearly identify a weakness that allowed Sandlin to get away. Sandlin broke free from the outdoor rec yard after he pushed through the wiring, jumped two stories and ran off.

For the first time in its 27-year history, an inmate escaped from the detention facility. Sandlin is a registered sex offender with a long rap sheet and remains on the run despite numerous leads that have taken police to 37 locations.

"We don't know how desperate this person is," Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. "How bad he doesn't want to get caught. So he is potentially a danger to the public."

Kelley says nine inmates, including Sandlin, were in the recreation area between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. While it doesn't appear the others assisted in Sandlin's escape, the eight other inmates potentially witnessed it.

"It was when we did a head count when they were coming in when we noticed we were one short," Kelley said. "It was not reported by any of the other inmates in the rec yard with him."

Deputies have stopped by Sandlin's old home in Arvada. His mother said she thought he was preparing for trial.

"I'm very worried," she said. "I just want him to be safe."

The sheriff's office will review its security procedures as the search for Sandlin continues. Authorities believe he might have stolen a blue Honda Pilot with the Colorado license plate 251 ZCD.

Multiples agencies from across the metro area are assisting in the search. Deputies don't believe Sandlin is armed, but he is considered dangerous. If you see him, call 911.


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