The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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January 25, 2010

2 escape from area correctional facility

HELENA — Authorities are searching for two men who escaped Sunday night from James Crabtree Correctional Facility in Helena.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said Daniel Allen Kelly and Ronnie Ray White were discovered missing from the minimum security portion of the facility during the 8:30 p.m. prisoner count.

He said it appeared the men had stolen an agriculture vehicle from the prison, a 2008 white GMC 1-ton flatbed pickup bearing a state decal.

Kelly, 44, is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with brown hair, hazel eyes and weighs about 187 pounds. Kelly’s right forearm is covered with skull tattoos, according to DOC records.

White, 48, is about 5 feet, 11 inches with brown hair, hazel eyes and weighs about 200 pounds. White has tattoos of a mushroom and spider web on his right forearm, a tattoo of an eagle Viking on his left forearm and a tattoo of a butterfly on his neck, according to DOC records.

Kelly has convictions of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, escape from a penitentiary, possession of stolen credit card, grand larceny, possession of controlled dangerous substance and aggravated attempting to elude an officer.

White has convictions of robbery with a firearm, larceny, second-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a police radio.

James Crabtree Correctional Facility administrative programs officer Becky Guffy urged the public to contact authorities if they see either man.

“Any persons who see the men are encouraged not to approach them but to notify Department of Corrections fugitive warrants division, at (405) 425-2570 or call James Crabtree (580) 852-3221 or any local law enforcement agency.”

Guffy said DOC was working with area sheriff’s offices and Oklahoma Highway Patrol in locating the two prisoners and the DOC’s recovery team also was working to locate the men. She said it was unknown what direction the men were traveling.

James Crabtree Correctional Facility is a medium security facility that opened in 1982 and Guffy said the facility houses more than 1,000 inmates.

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