11 & Counting - Inmates Escape Again

Justin Reynolds & Michael Edelen

05-19-06 - Two Bryan County inmates apparently walked away from the Auxiliary jail Wednesday night. Authorities noticed that Durant natives Justin Reynolds and Michael Edelen were gone after an anonymous phone call at 10am, some ten hours after they escaped.

24-year-old Justin Ross Reynolds and 36-year-old Michae Chancel Edelen are both men who've been in and out of jail. Edelen is 6ft tall, 185 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. Reynolds is 5'8", 135 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes and a goatee. Both Durant men have an extensive criminal history. Edelen has been arrested more than a dozen times in the last 7 years, with offenses ranging from drug possession to theft.

This is the 2nd time that Reynolds has escaped from the jail this year. He was involved in an escape of three inmates in February. At that time he was being held on burglary charges.

This is the most recent of several escapes from the Bryan County jail system - there have been 11 escapes in the past 14 months.

The OSBI is investigating two escapes from February and March - they'll add this one to the investigation.