LIVINGSTON, TN (WRCB) -- A fugitive wanted in Northeast Tennessee could possibly be in the Chattanooga area, and police there are asking for help in locating the wanted man. 

On Wednesday, Chris Thrasher was due to appear in Overton County Criminal Court for a sentencing hearing after his jury trial conviction in June for the Sale and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance in a Drug Free School Zone.

Thrasher failed to appear at this hearing and by 9:30 a.m., a bench warrant was issued by the Court for his arrest.

The Livingston Police Department began an immediate search for his whereabouts. A search warrant was executed at the Thrasher home looking for him or any clues as to where he may have fled to.  

Police officials could confirm that he was at his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. the day before and was personally observed at this residence by officers at that time.  Thrasher has been on house arrest pending his sentencing hearing.

"We are following a number of leads, talking to a lot of people and conducting searches in Livingston and other locations to locate him…our biggest concern is that we know he must be scared and we simply don't know what he is planning or capable of," said Livingston Police Chief Etheredge. "We have issued a nationwide alert and contacted several specific jurisdictions that we think he may try and hide out."

He added that he was confident that Thrasher would be located. "This just makes matters worse for him and anyone that helps him while he is on the run."

Anyone with information related to his whereabouts are asked to contact the Livingston Police Department at (931) 823-6496.