Search still on for two escaped inmates

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The search continues Friday for two escaped inmates from White County, Illinois. On Thursday, Sheriff Doug Maier said Kentucky law enforcement is helping in the search.

Three men, Zachery Shock, Johnny Tipton, and Justin Bray broke out of jail Saturday night.

Bray has already been captured.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Shock or Tipton, you’re asked to call police.

Sheriff Maier said the inmates broke off a piece of a two-inch pipe that was part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act and used it to escape.

The pipe holds up a curtain surrounding the toilet so an inmate has privacy.

Maier said these curtains are in the jail cells, secured to the ground and they’ve passed inspections.

The three inmates broke of a part of the pipe and used it to break through concrete blocks in a wall, according to authorities.

“When they built this jail they poured concrete down in some areas but not all,” said Maier, “and the first area they tried a couple of feet before the block they did break loose was solid and they couldn’t get through it and then they worked their way down and found one that did not have concrete all the way at the bottom and that’s the one they managed to break out.”

Sheriff Maier said his office is re-inspecting the pipes and the jail plans to put a 10-foot razor-wired fence 24 inches away from the building. 

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(This story was originally published June 22, 2018)

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