UPDATE: Authorities continue search for escaped Lynchburg jail inmate

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Investigators held a news conference at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

James Pavlis

Pavlis has not been found.

His jail-issued jumpsuit was found near the jail.

Watch WDBJ7 at 11 for more information.

Based on additional information received by the Lynchburg Police Department, James Pavlis has been violent in the past and should be considered dangerous.

Police ask that the public stays vigilant and aware of their surroundings until he is found.


As officers continue looking for missing Blue Ridge Regional Jail inmate James Pavlis, a woman who identified herself as Pavlis’ estranged wife is urging him to “do what’s right.”

Priscilla Pavlis told WDBJ7 that she wants her husband to “think about his children with the moves he is making.” The couple has two children together, but has been separated for some time according to Pavlis.

“I know that he is not out to do anything that is harmful or hurt anyone,” Pavlis said. “I hope that he can make the right choice and not do anything irrational.”

When asked why her husband might have escaped from jail, Pavlis indicated that he may have been coerced to leave by someone he met in the jail. “He’s a follower,” Pavlis said. “He’s grown to make his own choices, but he’s very easily persuaded into doing things that he shouldn’t.”

Pavlis said her husband has not contacted any family members in more than a month. She said her last contact with him led her to believe that he is suffering from depression. “I think that he really is crying out for help,” Pavlis said.


A Lynchburg Blue Ridge Regional Jail inmate has escaped.

The City of Lynchburg sent out an alert on Monday morning asking citizens to look out for a white man with a large tattoo on the right side of his neck that says "loyalty." He also has numerous tattoos on his arms, back and abdomen. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

22-year-old James Richard Pavlis, of Danville, is approximately 5'10" and 178 lbs.

Pavlis was being held on charges out of Pittsylvania County. Those charged included grand larceny, identity fraud, possess/transport a firearm by a convicted felon, and breaking and entering. He was convicted on all of those charges and was scheduled to be sentenced on November 4.

Initially police were searching streets just a few blocks from the jail, but they have moved into different areas now.

He was last seen wearing a white jumpsuit with the words Blue Ridge Jail stenciled in black on the back of it. He is now believed to be wearing a white T-shirt with blue shorts and black boots.

Jail authorities report that he escaped under a fence shortly around 6:45 a.m.

Call 911 if you see a man matching that description.