There are still no leads in the search for a missing convict that escaped the Logan County jail, according to Chief Deputy David Spicer.
Authorities said they think he escaped through a hole he made in the fence.
The convict’s name is Gary Patrick Topham.
“Topham escaped yesterday (Feb. 24) while on his yard call between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. yesterday in the afternoon,” said Spicer.
Topham wasn’t reported missing until 4 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 25).
Spicer said “we’re investigating how does 13 hours go by, that’s completely unacceptable. One of the disadvantages we have this time compared to previous escapes is the first escape you’re hot on somebodies heels if you know immediately.”
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department has widened their search for the missing convict, according to Spicer.
Topham was awaiting transport to prison on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture.
If they find that a worker at the jail was responsible for Topham’s escape, the punishment could range from a letter of reprimand to termination.
Jailers are being interviewed in the investigation according to Spicer.
Neighbors say knowing a criminal is on the loose is frightening.
“It really is, it’s scary for the kids getting out of school and all of that,” said one resident.
“I might be a little bit more careful about being sure that the doors are locked and everything,” said another resident.