The South Central Correctional Center at Licking is on West Highway 32.

The search for an inmate who walked away Thursday from a state prison resumed Monday morning after a man was seen running across a field, authorities said.

By mid-afternoon Monday, the manhunt had gone cold.

Several Missouri State Highway Patrol officers and staff with the Missouri Department of Corrections focused on an area around Boone Creek Road and West Highway 32, which is southwest of the South Central Correctional Center at Licking. 

The white male, John T. Long, 41, was wearing gray work clothes and a brown coat at the time of escape. He is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 166 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Search dogs joined the latest manhunt a few hours after the sighting, and  a Missouri State Highway Patrol chopper made its third visit since Thursday before departing at about 2:20 p.m.

A tent was found in the search area, authorities said.

Long was housed in a minimum security portion of the prison, which is situated outside security fences.

The latest ramp up occurred Friday night after a man knocked on a door northeast of Licking. Officers arrived in the area, and Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed. 

A man believed to be Long was seen running across a field near Deason Road west of Licking. The only description was a man with black plants. If you see someone, call 911. 

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