Clarion County Jail Inmate on the Run After Escaping While on Work Release

priesterPAINT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Authorities in Clarion County are asking for the public’s help in finding an inmate who walked off from the county’s work release program Thursday.

The Clarion County District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police are searching for 35-year-old Joseph Henry Priester, an inmate at the Clarion County Jail.

Warden Jeff Hornberger says Priester failed to report back to the jail after completing his work day Thursday afternoon.

Priester, who also goes by the alias “Buddy”, is 6’4” tall and weighs 240 lbs.

His last known address is Emlenton.

Priester is currently serving time for failing to pay fines related to a 2010 burglary conviction.

Online court documents indicate that Priester has a lengthy criminal history, including fleeing the police and various theft-related convictions. He also plead guilty to Escape charges in 1999.

Anyone with information on Priester’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Clarion County DA’s Office (Detective Peck) at 814-226-4423 or the Clarion-based State Police at 814-226-1710.


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