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Convicted murderer, kidnapper on the loose after Kansas jail escape

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:53 AM EDT, Thu April 19, 2012
Eric James, left, and Santos Carrera-Morales escaped early Wednesday. They are considered armed and dangerous.
Eric James, left, and Santos Carrera-Morales escaped early Wednesday. They are considered armed and dangerous.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A convicted murderer and another inmate remained on the loose Thursday
  • Two other men who escaped have since been apprehended, authorities say
  • The men are considered armed and dangerous, and their whereabouts are not known

(CNN) -- A convicted murderer and another inmate who escaped from a Kansas jail remained on the loose Thursday, as authorities scoured the region for the missing prisoners.

Santos Carrera-Morales, identified as a Hispanic male with a shaved head and goatee, escaped from the Ottawa County Jail early Wednesday morning, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was convicted in 2008 of two counts of first-degree murder.

Eric James, 23, identified as a black male who wears his hair in cornrows, is also missing, the agency reported. James was convicted in 2009 of three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of kidnapping.

The men are considered armed and dangerous, and their whereabouts are currently unknown, officials said.

Two other men who escaped with them have since been apprehended.

Drew Wade, 21, was taken into custody by authorities in North Platte, Nebraska, Wednesday afternoon. The fourth man was apprehended shortly after his escape but was not identified.

Authorities are asking anyone with information related to the investigation to call 911, or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463.

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