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Two inmates who escaped from West Virginia prison captured

Published On: Jul 29 2013 02:20:31 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 03:48:10 PM EDT
HILLSBORO, W. Va. -

The two inmates who escaped from a West Virginia prison early Sunday morning have been captured, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Pennington and Larry Morehead were discovered missing from the Denmar Correctional Center on Sunday morning during a routine check. They found were in the Richwood area of Nicholas County about 35 miles from the prison, according to CBS affiliate WDTV. Click here for WDTV's story.

Pennington, 40, was serving a sentence for first-degree murder and arson charges in Kanawha County. The 48-year-old Morehead was serving a sentence for sexual assault in Nicholas County.

Prison Warden Mark Williamson says prison officials believe the inmates scaled a chain-link fence at the rear of the prison. There is razor wire at both the top and bottom of the fence.

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Original story from Sunday, July 28

Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from Denmar Correctional Center in Pocahontas County.

Warden Mark Williamson says Thomas Pennington and Larry Morehead were discovered missing early Sunday morning during a regular check.

Williamson says prison officials believe the inmates scaled a chain-link fence at the rear of the prison. There is razor wire at both the top and bottom of the fence.

Electronic message boards along Interstate 64 in Raleigh, Summers and Greenbrier counties are warning motorists to not pick up hitchhikers.

40-year-old Pennington was serving a sentence for first-degree murder and arson charges in Kanawha County.

48-year-old Morehead was serving a sentence for sexual assault in Nicholas County.

The escape remains under investigation.