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Missouri escapee(s) possibly sighted in central Kansas

SALINA, Kan. – Authorities say an escapee(s) out of Barry County may have stolen an SUV in Kansas and ditched it near the Colorado border.

>> UPDATE: CAPTURED: 1 of 3 Missouri escapees caught in Wyoming

On Friday, June 3, authorities say Lance Justin Stephens, Matthew Allen Crawford and Christopher Allen Blevins escaped the Barry County Jail in Cassville, Missouri. They consider the men armed and dangerous.

Authorities on Monday stated they believed the suspects were no longer in the Barry County, Missouri area. Authorities also believe the inmates are no longer together. “One was seen in Arkansas, one in Springfield,” Henry said.

According to Salina, Kansas Police Captain Paul Forrester, they believe the inmates’ escape is possibly connected to the theft of an SUV in Salina, Kansas. Authorities later found that SUV in Wallace County, Kansas which is near the Colorado border.

29-year-old Raelynn Sickman of Salina reported her maroon 2005 GMC Yukon stolen from in front of her home around 8:45 pm Saturday. That’s according to Captain Forrester. The woman told police that she last saw the SUV around 7:45 pm Saturday. She told police the vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside.

An investigating officer went around the area to check surveillance. But authorities say he was told to come back on Sunday.

On Sunday, the officer reviewed the video and saw a man and woman who fit a neighbor’s description of two people she saw in the area at the time of the theft. Captain Forrester says at a Casey’s store, the man and woman were around a white 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup that Salina police learned was stolen from Barry County in southwest Missouri.

The neighbor’s description was a woman wearing a tan shirt and jeans shorts and carrying a drawstring bag. She also saw a man with brown hair who was wearing sunglasses, a t-shirt, and gray shorts.

Salina, Kansas authorities learned about the escapees from Barry County. Captain Forrester says the escapees were believed to be connected to the theft of the pickup found in Salina.

(This is a developing story. Stay with KOAM News Now for updates as they’re available and confirmed)

Inmates Escape

According to Barry County Sheriff’s Office detective Doug Henry, two of the escaped inmates were in the same pod at the jail. The third inmate was in an adjacent pod.

The men allegedly climbed out of holes they cut in the ceiling and left the building through a maintenance door.

Detective Henry says the building is old and the ceilings are made of plaster. That could have made the trio’s escape easier.

Search for Escapees

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office announced the US Marshals Service had been brought in for the search of the escaped inmates.

You can read more here >> U.S. Marshals involved in search for 3 escaped inmates

Authorities on Monday stated they believed the suspects were no longer in the Barry County, Missouri area. Authorities also believe the inmates are no longer together. “One was seen in Arkansas, one in Springfield,” Henry said.

“If you have any information on where the suspects are or where they are heading, we welcome your tips and they will be passed on to the Marshals,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

The Sheriff’s Office states if you know their whereabouts or see them, call 911 immediately.

 

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