HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Harris County police are searching for an inmate who escaped a prison work detail.
Officials say 29-year-old Stephan Delaney walked away while cleaning a county cemetery.
The local law enforcement using all their manpower including helicopters to help aid in the search.
Schools in the area were placed on a "soft lockdown" for security measures, but there is no direct threat to any school in the area.
But it's not only law enforcement on high alert, people living in the area say they are concerned for their safety.
"It's more concerning if you're single and live alone. You always have to watch your back, no matter what. Crimes happen every day, but to know for a fact this is happening makes you want to watch a little bit more," said Amanda Blake, who lives in the area.
Authorities are asking people living in the area to be alert and aware of the situation.
Delaney is serving time for burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He is described to be a 5-feet-7-inch black male, weighing 157 pounds.
If you see Delaney or have information on where he might be, you are urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff Office.