Hunt for Pushmataha Co. Jail escapees continues

PUSHMATAHA, CO -- The search continues for Michael Avery and Clayton Scraper who escaped the Pushmataha County Jail Sunday evening.

"We've got the area saturated with law enforcement," said Sheriff Terry Duncan

Duncan says the two men escaped after overpowering a jailer and a deputy. The men then jumped a razor wire fence and ditched their orange jail uniforms. They were last seen wearing white boxers, a white T-shirt and orange jail shoes.

"We haven't had one tip or call about anybody been broken into or any vehicle being stolen," said Duncan.

Surrounding agencies, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals are all assisting in the search. Dogs from McCloud Correctional Center were able to track the men.

"They trailed them a little ways, but when they went through an industrial area they lost them," said Duncan.

Due to strong winds, authorities have not been been able to put a helicopter in the air, but U.S. Marshals are using planes.

Sheriff Duncan says one of the men has family in Bryan County.

"I'm not saying they are going to go to their family, but that's usually when somebody is out like that they got to try to get help somewhere," said Duncan.

Scraper was convicted in 2004 for first degree rape and served eight years in prison and is currently serving 12 years probation. He was currently in jail for obstructing an officer.

Avery was in jail for causing an accident while eluding police.

"The best thing to do is don't approach these people and don't give anyone a ride," said Duncan.

If you think you've seen them, or have any information about them, contact your local law enforcement.


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