Two inmates escape from Fayette County Jail

Sheriff says hole found in cell wall
Posted at 5:35 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 23:29:21-04

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. -- A truck possibly used by two Indiana prison escapees was found late Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.

Chadwick Heath and Michael Roberts got through a 2-by-2-foot hole in the wall of their cell at the Fayette County Jail at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A surveillance camera caught the men jumping to the ground outside the jail, then running off. Jail staff noticed they were missing during a head count at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Heath is charged with four counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance. Roberts is charged with burglary and two counts of theft.


Chadwick Heath, left, and Michael Roberts, right. Photos courtesy Fayette County Sheriff's Department

Someone who previously employed Roberts said he noticed his truck was missing Sunday morning. Roberts previously stole from the man, he told the sheriff's department. The truck, a 2015 white Ford F350 dual wheel utility truck, was located Sunday night in Dayton, Ohio. It wasn't damaged, and the keys were left inside. Officers were searching the area for the missing men.

The reward is $1,000 for each inmate.

Anyone who sees the men or the truck shouldn't approach them, but instead should call 911. People who have other tips can call the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 765-825-1110 ext. 602 or Fayette County Central Dispatch at 765-825-2111.