(Columbia) Columbia County authorities are asking the public for help in locating an inmate who failed to return from work release. Brandon Shearer was due back to the jail at 3am Wednesday morning but failed to do so. He is serving a 360 and 180 day sentence on charges of Mistreating Animals, Disorderly Conduct, Battery, Strangulation and Suffocation, Theft and Felony Bail Jumping. Shearer’s last known address is W10445 State Road 16 in Portage. Anyone with information should contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166.