LUTZ -- A search is ongoing in the Lutz area of Pasco County after an inmate vanished into a wooded area near State Road 54 and Oak Grove Boulevard.
Jason Adams, 27, an inmate in Sumter County, was on a work detail in Pasco County. He was part of a crew cleaning state roads in Lutz Monday afternoon when he escaped.
Department of Corrections officials said he told the guard he was going to the bathroom in the woods, then he took off. The unarmed guard called it in as an escape, and local authorities were called to help with the search.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office used a helicopter and bloodhounds in the search, along with deputies checking the area overnight. A prison uniform, which officials believe belongs to Adams, is all that turned up.
Officials said they have not determined if Adams has received some type of outside help to avoid capture. Adams is in his first year of a six-year sentence on burglary charges out of Brevard County.
He has no violent criminal record, officials said.
Authorities worked overnight to track down family members and friends of Adams to try to determine where he may try to go. Adams has family in Titusville and South Carolina, officials determined. Law enforcement agencies in those areas have been notified.
Meanwhile, authorities plan to beef up patrols around schools and businesses in the area on Tuesday if he is still on the run, just to be on the safe side.
Anyone who may come into contact with Adams is being asked to call 911.