Hundreds of law officers in Jefferson City searched into the evening Thursday for two convicted killers who were missing after an inmate at the state prison was found dead where all three had been working, reports St. Louis Today.
Left alongside the dead inmate was a note that threatened death for anyone attempting to confront the fleeing prisoners.
The missing prisoners put the state capital at high alert. Schools locked their doors. Police set up roadblocks and used tracking dogs to search woods and homes. A Highway Patrol helicopter hovered while the Water Patrol combed the Missouri River below.
The missing prisoners are Christopher Sims, 27, serving life for a 1997 fatal shooting in St. Louis, and Shannon Phillips, 35, also a murder lifer.
The dead inmate is Toby Viles, 28, who had been serving three concurrent life sentences for the 1992 killing of his siblings. He was found slain Wednesday night after working with Sims and Phillips. The motive was unknown.