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Two Men Escape From Bartholomew County Jail

Last updated on Tuesday, March 18, 2008

(COLUMBUS) - Bartholomew County authorities are searching for two men who escaped from the county jail in Columbus.

Sheriff Mark Gorbett says jailers noticed Justin James and Matthew Mullins were missing during a head count early Tuesday morning.

He says the men apparently escaped through a hatch in a third-floor shower area. Jail guards found chips of paint on the floor below a hatch that allows access to pipes.

Gorbett says the men were likely able to escape the building through a boarded-up hole in the exterior wall. The bricks in that area were removed for construction of a link to the county's new jail.

Gorbett says it's not known if the men are still in the Columbus area.

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