KANKAKEE, Ill. -- The Kankakee County Sheriff says he believes someone is helping an escaped inmate evade capture.
The search continues for convicted murderer Kamron Taylor, 23, who escaped from lock-up in Kankakee more than 24 hours ago.
Sheriff Tim Bukowski told reporters today that police have been able to analyze phone conversations and visitation records, and have been interviewing inmates.
Authorities say Taylor is armed and dangerous.
He slipped out of his cell and overpowered a guard at the Jerome Combs Detention Center at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Taylor took the officer's uniform and keys, and used the fob to find his SUV in the parking lot.
It was ditched 10 miles from the jail.
Sheriff Bukowski says he and the Undersheriff visited with the injured correctional officer in the hospital this morning, and his condition is improving.
Taylor was awaiting sentencing for killing a man during a failed robbery in 2013.
It`s not the first time Taylor has tried to escape.
He briefly got away from police in 2013 after his arrest for murder, and he tried to run out of the courtroom in February after he was convicted.
For a time, investigators believed missing 15-year-old Savannah Bell was with Taylor. But she’s been found, questioned and turned over to DCFS. Their cases have been deemed unrelated.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Kankakee Sheriffs Department.
A $5,000 reward is being offered in this case.