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UPDATES: Search for Union Parish escapees

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Thomas Kinnaird, Jr. Thomas Kinnaird, Jr.
Benjamin Morana Benjamin Morana

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Union Parish Sheriff's office is still looking for two fugitives that escaped from the parish jail Saturday night.

Sheriff Dusty Gates identified the two as Thomas Kinnaird Jr., 36, of Ruston, and Benjamin Morana, 39, of Junction City. Kinnaird is described as a white male, 5'10" weighing about 200 pounds. He was serving time for simple burglary but has a history of violent crimes, according to the sheriff said. Morana is described as a white male, 5'9" weighing about 180 pounds. He was serving time for aggravated incest.

Gates said that he was told that the prisoners were in their cells when checked at 6 p.m. He said they escaped, apparently over the prison fence, sometime between 6 p.m. to shortly before 9 p.m. when the escape was reported.

The sheriff's office does not operate the detention center.

Sheriff's deputies, Farmerville police, DOC officers and the U.S. Marshal's Office are participating in the search for the two men. Gates said as of noon Sunday there had been no sightings of the escapees.

Previous story:

FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Union Parish Sheriff's Department reports two inmates have escaped.

Sheriff's deputies got the report that Thomas Kinnaird, Jr., and Benjamin Morana, escaped from the Union Parish Detention Center around 8:53 Saturday night.

No details are available at this time. If you have any information, call the sheriff's office at (318) 368-3124.

 

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