Sheriff: St. Mary Parish inmates escaped through ceiling, found in Lafayette

Published: Feb. 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM CST
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Christopher Horton (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Horton (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Folks
Joshua Folks

CENTERVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The search for two escaped inmates in south Louisiana, one of which is accused of murder, has ended with their capture Tuesday.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said state and federal agencies helped in the search for Christopher Horton, 28, of Bayou Vista, and Joshua Folks, 36, of Franklin.

Deputies started looking for the two men early Monday morning after they broke out of the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville.

Officials with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office say Horton and Folks made their way into the ceiling of the facility and through the roof of the jail and made their way down a wall around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Around 4 a.m., according to officials, Horton and Folks were reported missing from their jail cells during a periodic check. The jail was then placed on lockdown and the search was expanded to the surrounding woods and grounds.

Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Folks and Horton were found near railroad tracks in Lafayette by Lafayette Police while they were responding to a complaint of trespassing.

Horton and Folks are charged on warrants for simple escape and criminal damage to property. The investigation is ongoing.

Horton was originally in jail because he is accused of second-degree murder and arson, among other charges. Folks was being held on theft and aggravated escape charges.

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