Police are looking for a convicted murderer who walked away from the Jessup Pre-release Facility while on a cleanup detail with other inmates Wednesday, state police said.
George Thomas Jr., 38, was last seen at 9:30 a.m., according to Maxine Eldridge, a state Division of Correction spokeswoman.
He walked away from the jail between then and 10:30 a.m., when corrections officials called state police at the Glen Burnie barracks, officials said.
Troopers searched for three hours with three helicopters and a bloodhound, which tracked Thomas to a nearby truck stop.
He had served 21 years of a 45-year sentence and was in the prerelease unit because of good behavior, Ms. Eldridge said.
He was scheduled for a parole hearing in September 1996.
"He has proven that he was not ready to be released," Ms. Eldridge said.
"When he comes back he will face an additional charge of escape," which could add 10 years to his sentence, she said.
Thomas is described as black, 5 feet 8, 160 pounds with a tattoo on his left arm.
His last known address was in the 900 block of E. Lombard St. in Baltimore, and he was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket and light green sweat pants.