Inmate missing after leaving jail to go to dentist

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an inmate has been missing from a southwest Ohio jail since Tuesday morning when she went on leave for a dentist appointment.

A judge granted 26-year-old Melissa Rae Helton temporary furlough from the Warren County Jail for a dentist appointment Tuesday. Under the terms of the furlough Helton, who was being held for two counts of felony drug possession, had permission to leave jail from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Authorities say she did not show up for her appointment and she did not return to the jail by the deadline.

A spokesman with the Warren County Sheriff's office says officers are actively searching for Helton, but there is no indication that she is dangerous.

Officials say Helton now faces a felony escape charge for violating the furlough.

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