PIKE COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Pike County Sheriff is reporting that five inmates escaped from the county detention center late Saturday evening.
The sheriff's office received a call from a family member of an inmate claiming there had been an escape around 10 Saturday night. Officials then checked the facility and realized five inmates were missing.
The men who escaped were Jacob Darnell, 22, Jason Darnell, 25, Joseph Verive, 49, William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr., 40, and Emanuel Chatman, 27.
Investigators say Chatman and the two Darnell brothers were spotted in Louisiana, Mo. sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday. The men were reportedly being driven by a black male in a turquoise-colored 1993 Chevy Suburban. Chatman is believed to have contacts in St. Louis who may help hide the men in the city.
According to police, a 1999 Ford Ranger reported stolen from Lake Shore Drive in Bowling Green, Mo. may also be linked to the escaped inmates.
Officials say the inmates were able to remove a tamper-resistant shower head to gain access to a service area and exit the building. The shower head had reportedly been inspected on Friday, and no damage had been detected.
Visitation for all other inmates has been canceled for today.
The Sheriff's office will not say if there is an active search for the men or if they are considered a threat to the public.
Anyone who may have seen these men or know anything about their whereabouts should call their nearest law enforcement agency or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 573-324-3202.
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