Law enforcement officials are searching for two Muscogee County Prison inmates who escaped from a work detail at Double Churches Park this afternoon.
Deputy Warden Ray Covington of the Muscogee County Prison says the inmates ran off at around 2:45 p.m. The inmates are Michael Patterson and Jason Miller.
Both men are described as white men with brown hair and blue eyes.
Patterson is 5-foot-7 and weighs 190 pounds. Miller stands 6-foot-3 and weights 161 lbs. Witnesses told authorities that the inmates may have been picked up in a black Ford F-150.
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Covington said the inmates on this detail were likely cutting grass and picking up trash in the park.
"We believe that there's a possibility that they could be in the area," Covington said.
Columbus police, Muscogee County Sheriff's deputies, Muscogee County Marshal's deputies and Muscogee County Prison officials are involved in the search.