Escaped Indiana Inmates May Be Passing Through Kentucky

BRANCHVILLE, Ind. (AP) --A convicted murderer and another prison inmate remained at large Saturday after they escaped overnight from a southern Indiana prison.

Guards at the Branchville Correctional Facility discovered Conan L. Helsley, 20, and Kent A. Day, 45, missing from their cell about 10 p.m. Friday.

As of 3 p.m., Saturday, Day, who's serving a sentence for murder, and Helsley, who was convicted on robbery and burglary charges, remained at large, said Trooper Randy Neighbors of the Indiana State Police's Evansville post.

He said extra officers were called in to search for the inmates, who are considered dangerous.

State police detectives said Day may have headed toward the Madisonville, Ky., area.

Helsley is from Pike County and is known to frequent Warrick and Vanderburgh Counties.

Police believe that after their escape the men were likely picked up by someone near the Perry County prison about 50 miles east of Evansville.

At the time of their escape, both inmates were wearing a Khaki shirt and pants.

Police urged anyone with information concerning the inmates' whereabouts to immediately contact police.

Copright - The Associated Press

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