- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

CARMI, Ill. (AP) - Two inmates being held on drug and battery charges have escaped from their cell in the White County Jail in southeastern Illinois.

A sheriff’s office news release says the two men were discovered missing during a breakfast head count Saturday.

A hole was found in the ceiling and roof of the jail, located in the city of Carmi. A review of surveillance video showed the men escaped around 1:30 a.m.

The two fugitives are 26-year-old Donald Currier of Goldengate and 32-year-old Robert M. Mead of Johnston City. Both were being held pending trial.

Mead faces various drug-related charges and Currier is charged with aggravated battery.

A K-9 unit was searching the area. And sherriff’s departments from neighboring counties as well as the Illinois State Police have been asked for assistance.

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