UPDATE: Two fugitives from an East Texas jail who investigators say escaped by cutting through a perimeter fence are back in custody.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Clay Sterling Harvey of Nederland and 23-year-old Chance Marshall Hunt of Beaumont were tracked to Shepherd, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Liberty. Capt. Ken DeFoor says Harvey surrendered without resistance Tuesday afternoon. Hunt fled into woods nearby but was captured a few minutes later.
LIBERTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Officers using tracking dogs are searching for two inmates who escaped from an East Texas jail through a perimeter fence that had been cut.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Clay Sterling Harvey of Nederland and 23-year-old Chance Marshall Hunt of Beaumont were discovered missing early Tuesday morning, during a routine cell check.
Capt. Ken DeFoor says a fence on the jail’s east side was found cut and appeared to be the escape route.
Investigators didn’t immediately provide additional information about the damaged fence.
Records show Harvey was being held on a drug-related charge and a parole violation count.
Hunt was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a burglary-related count and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
The Liberty County Jail is about 250 miles southeast of Dallas.
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