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A community was put on high alert after an inmate escaped from the correctional institute in Sumter County while he was on work detail.

27-year-old Nathan Williams was cutting grass and working out in the yard near the Sumter County Correctional Institute. He was reported missing around 2:00. The last time supervisors saw him was around 11:00 a.m.

A K-9 Unit, Georgia State Patrol, sheriff's deputies and police were out searching for him all day. Law enforcement agencies were on a mission in the air and on the ground. Someone spotted 27-year-old Nathan Williams walking along railroad tracks roughly five miles east of the Sumter County C.I.

Williams, a minimum security inmate, was in jail for theft by conversion. He and at one other inmate were cutting the grass off Mcmath Mill Road near the correctional institute. The other detainee reported him missing.

Martin Peacock, the owner of Peacock Garage, says Williams came into his shop asking for a ride to the bus station in Cordele. He called the sheriff's office for assistance.

"He disappeared quick when he found out I was on the phone with the sheriff's office," said the owner, Martin Peacock. "I jumped in my truck, circled the block, but couldn't find him anywhere."

A GSP helicopter, K-9 unit and several sheriff's deputies canvassed the area around Peacock's. Several homes, including Willie Dennard's, are near those tracks.

"It's scary for anyone who has kids out here," said Dennard. "I've been here for 20 years. It's shocking especially out here in my neighborhood."

As far as we know deputies were still searching for Williams who was supposed to get out of jail Wednesday.

Deputies say Williams is 5' 7", weighs 180 pounds, has blue eyes, and a shaved head.

He has a scar on his left arm, a scar across his nose, a tattoo of a sun on his right shoulder, and a rebel flag on his left shoulder.

He is serving time for theft by conversion from Union County.

If anyone has spotted Nathan Williams they're urged to call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at (229) 924-4094.