One an accused killer-arsonist
CENTERVILLE — The search for two escaped St. Mary Parish inmates, one an accused killer and arsonist, continued Monday evening, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities alerted nearby residents Monday morning about escapees Christopher Horton, 28, and Joshua Folks, 36, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said in a news release.
“Residents may periodically see an influx of law enforcement personnel in different areas as investigators continue to work tips and leads in this case,” Landry said.
Horton, of Bayou Vista, was incarcerated on second-degree murder and arson charges. Folks, of Franklin, is accused of theft and aggravated escape.
St. Mary authorities issued an alert to area government agencies and area schools.
Jail officials noticed the pair were missing early Monday morning, Landry said. She did not say when investigators believe they escaped or how they got out of the facility.
Landry warned that anyone seeing one or both men should not approach them.
“Again, Horton and Folks are considered dangerous,” Landry said.
Late Monday, Landry said U.S. marshals and state troopers along with other local law enforcement have joined the search for the escaped inmates.
Horton is a white male, 5 feet 11 inches tall with blond hair and brown eyes.
Folks is a 5-foot, 9-inch white male with brown hair and blue eyes and has tattoos of the word “Robin” on his upper left arm and logos of the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots on his upper right arm.
Anyone with information is asked to call officials at (985) 384-1622 or (337) 828-1960.