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Howard Co. inmate escapes with jailer's phone and cash

The Howard County Sheriff's Department said at about 1:15 a.m. Monday , Walter Lee Estay, 21, managed to escape the county jail during a jail check.

Authorities are searching for an inmate on the run who is believed to be headed toward Kansas City.


The Howard County Sheriff's Department said at about 1:15 a.m. Monday, Walter Lee Estay, 21, managed to escape the county jail during a jail check.


Authorities said somehow a door didn't get locked and Estay managed to take a jailer's cell phone, some money and escaped.


He left the jail on foot and later stole a darker color Toyota RAV4 with the license plate MG1 P9F.


Estay stole the SUV which was parked on a residential street in Fayette.


The 21-year-old is from Kansas City and is believed to be headed that direction.


He is a black male, 5'8" and 130lbs.


The escaped inmate was being held in the Howard County jail for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.


Court records show Estay was charged with first-degree robbery from an incident in March 2012 and received a probation sentence which was then suspended.


In 2012 Estay was sentenced to 259-days in jail for tampering with a motor vehicle in 2010.

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