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3 inmates escape from southeast Missouri jail

January 16, 2021 GMT

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say three men escaped from a southeast Missouri jail after removing a large block from a cell wall.

Iron County Sheriff Jeff Burkett said the escape happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Ironton police said in a news release that they are armed and that authorities don’t know which direction they headed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the men being sought are 57-year-old Tracy Brown, 36-year-old Dwight Abernathie and 35-year-old Samuel Gillam.

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Brown faces charges of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. Abernathie was jailed on a first-degree assault charge. And Gillam is charged with interference with custody.