Inmate escapes from Tompkins County Jail during work detail, remains at large now

An inmate from the Tompkins County Jail escaped late-Monday, according to officials.

Jeffrey Cornell, 37, is described as a white male, wearing tan pants, a white t-shirt, and gray sweatshirt. He’s approximately 5’10” and about 230 lbs. Officials say Cornell has brown hair and large goatee.

He was working a kitchen detail when he was escorted outside the jail by a corrections officer. Around 6:45 p.m. he escaped on foot toward Warren Road.

Authorities say Cornell was serving a sentence for DWI and had additional charges pending against him prior to the escape.

Residents in the immediate area were asked to stay inside and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.


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