The last two of six inmates who escaped the Emanuel County jail Nov. 10 were captured Tuesday by U.S. marshals in Iowa, Sheriff Tyson Stephens said.
Matthew Findley, 24, and Jeffery Webb, 26, were taken into custody about 2 p.m. EST by the marshal’s service Eastern Iowa Fugitive Task Force.
Stephens said none of the escapees committed other crimes while on the run.
“It is extremely fortunate that no further crimes were perpetrated by any of the escapees and that no harm came to any citizen, officer or inmate during this ordeal,” he said in a statement. “We are glad that we can enter the holiday season knowing that these inmates have been returned to confinement.”
Findley and Webb were hiding out with an acquaintance in Iowa, according to Rocky Davis, the chief investigator for the sheriff’s office.
The six inmates escaped by getting into a plumbing and mechanical area in the jail after a worker neglected to lock a door, Stephens said. The room has a stairwell that leads to the roof, where the group broke the lock on a second door. Once on the roof, the men were able to climb down to freedom, Stephens said.
Three escapees, John Stephen Powell, 27, Dante Jamial Latimore, 27, and Eric Lashawn Barney, 32, were back in custody by the next day.
The fourth, Cecil “Red” DeWitt Nelson, was caught Nov. 12 at his mother’s house in Pembroke, Ga. Nelson pleaded guilty Aug. 16 in federal court to one count of conspiracy to kidnap for his part in a scheme to kidnap two Bryan County businessmen and hold them for ransom. The FBI had offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that led to his capture.
Findley, 24, was being held on murder and felony murder charges stemming from the slaying of Payton E. Collins, who was stabbed on Dec. 11.