EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV State Police Looking For Two Men They Say Escaped From Prison
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Reported: Jul. 28, 2013 10:17 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 28, 2013 8:44 PM EDT
Hillsboro , West Virginia
Two inmates at a prison in Pocahontas County made a run for it Sunday and West Virginia State Police were in full force looking for the duo.
Troopers said Thomas Pennington and Larry Morehead escaped from the Denmar Correctional Facility at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police searched the area using helicopters, police dogs and roadblocks to not only to try to find the escapees, but to keep the public safe.
Drivers were stopped along U.S. Route 19 near Summersville, causing traffic to back up for miles.
State Police stopped each passing car, checking back seats and trunks in case Pennington and Morehead decided to hitchhike their way out of town.
"Yeah, that scares me," one driver said. "It's a little creepy."
Pennington is from Kanawha County, and was serving time for a murder and arson committed in 1997.
Morehead, from Nicholas County, was serving time for a sexual assault that happened just a few years ago.
As the two were on the loose, police worked to ensure public safety, but those stopped along the highway were still worried.
Joel Starbuck, from Pennsylvania, was traveling with a coworker along U.S. 19, when they saw a car broken down along the traffic.
"There's a couple up the road here," Starbuck said. "We were actually going to stop and help. It was two ladies and they could be a victim."
As they came to find out, Denise McDonald's car had overheated from the heat and traffic.
"We're having to wait here," McDonald, who is from Ohio, said "Hopefully, they don't overtake us."
But regardless of the car problems and waiting in traffic for close to an hour, travelers were thankful to see police working hard to catch the pair of escapees.
"Law enforcement seems to be doing what they have to do," Starbuck said. "I hope they catch him."
Police need the public's help to find the men.
Thomas Pennington is 5'11 and 190 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes,
Larry Morehead is 5'8 and 225 pounds. He has strawberry blonde hair.
Police said not to approach the pair if they are seen, and to just call 911 immediately.
West Virginia State Police are searching for two men who they say escaped from a Pocahontas County jail, who they believe could be headed to this area.
Troopers say Thomas Pennington and Larry Morehead escaped from the Denmar Correctional Facility in Pocahontas County around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Pennington, who is from Kanawha County, was serving a sentence for murder and arson.
Morehead, who is from Nicholas County, was serving a sentence for sexual assault.
Anybody with information on Pennington or Morehead should call police.
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