Inmate missing from work crew in Chester County

Steven Robert Spencer

Authorities are looking for a South Carolina prison inmate who walked away from a work crew assignment.

Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom says officials noticed that 25-year-old Steven Robert Spencer was missing at around noon Wednesday.

Spencer had been assigned to a crew that was doing construction in Chester County. Newsom says Spencer asked to go to the bathroom and never returned.

Spencer is serving an eight-year sentence for second-degree burglary from Horry County. Since September, he has been at the Palmer Pre-Release Center in Florence and had been on work detail for less than a month.

Spencer would be eligible for parole next year.