SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Three suspects remained at large Sunday night after six inmates escaped from the Emanuel County Jail, authorities said.
One of the escapees who broke out of the east Georgia jail on Saturday night includes a man accused of murder, The Augusta Chronicle reported.
The men escaped around 11 p.m. through a door into a plumbing mechanical area in the jail, Emanuel County Sheriff Tyson Stephens said. The jail had plumbing work done Friday night and a worker neglected to lock a door, he said.
Once the men got into the mechanical area, they were able to reach the roof and then climb down to freedom, the sheriff said.
Three inmates were back in custody by 6 p.m. Sunday, but three others remained at large, Stephens said.
One of the inmates who was back behind bars had escaped from the Emanuel County jail before, in 2002, according to records from the Georgia Department of Corrections.
That inmate was sentenced to five years for escape, on top of the five he had received for entering a vehicle.
"I have been chasing him around since he was 8 or 10," Stephens said. "I'm glad to have him back."
Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com