Inmates escaped from an Ohio prison in a dumpster

Two inmates who escaped from an Ohio prison this week did so by hiding in a dumpster, the state Department of Corrections said on Friday as a search for one of the men was continuing.

Bradley Gillespie, 50, who was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two consecutive 15-life sentences in 2016, remained free on Friday, and Kentucky officials were mounting a manhunt.

The other inmate, James Lee, 47, who escaped from Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility has been captured, officials said.

Bradley Gillespie.  (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

Bradley Gillespie. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

The two men escaped from prison in Lima, about 80 miles northwest of Columbus “after hiding in a dumpster,” the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday in a statement.

They were discovered missing during a prisoner count at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the department said.

Officials later determined the men were last seen on surveillance video inside the facility just after 8:40 a.m. Monday, he added.

Lee was captured by police in Henderson, Ky., on Wednesday after police chased a stolen car that officials say also contained Gillespie.

The car crashed, they fled on foot and Lee was arrested, but Gillespie allegedly eluded police, authorities said.

The search continued in Henderson, a town of about 27,000 located on the banks of the Ohio River across the border from Indiana, police said Friday.

“We worked around the clock,” Henderson Police Chief Sean McKinney said Friday.

The search involved forward-facing infrared, or FLIR, devices on helicopters, ground webs and dogs, and five boats in the Ohio River checking islands and shoreline, McKinney said.

Video of the two men in a Home Depot parking lot in Evansville, Indiana, about six hours before Wednesday’s chase also shows Gillespie with a pronounced limp, McKinney said.

“We believe he was injured during his escape to Ohio,” he said.

Gillespie is 6ft and 200lbs, and in the video he was seen wearing dark pants and a white shirt, but that was several days ago, police said.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, four correctional department employees have been placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation into the escape continues, the department said.

They are a major and three correctional officers. There is an internal investigation by the Department of Corrections and a criminal investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Department of Corrections said.

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