By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The search continues for two inmates who escaped from the Whitley County Detention Center late Friday afternoon.
Officials in Williamsburg reported James Fields and Justin R. Cornett escaped at 5:51 p.m.
Jailer Ken Mobley said the two were in the kitchen area of the detention center on a work release program at the time, when they escaped.
He added they were both wearing dark blue hoodie jackets underneath their orange jump suits, in order for them to go inside the cooler during their work detail.
“We think they’re up in the mountains here, around the detention center. We’ve got dogs and deputies searching, and we’re waiting for a police helicopter to help us search the area,” Mobley said Friday night.
Cornett is 24 years old, and is originally from Gray in Knox County.
He’s described as a white male, 5’9” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. He has hazel eyes with no scars or tattoos.
Cornett was being held for first-degree burglary, a drug violation and resisting arrest.
Fields is 42 years old, and last lived on Eatontown Road in Corbin.
Authorities describe him as a white male, 6-feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has blue eyes, bald, and has scar marks and tattoos on the back of his head, back and arms.
Fields was being held on third-degree terroristic threatening charges, theft of identity of another person, and failure to appear on a citation. He also has a misdemeanor warrant out of Tennessee.
Mobley said the two men were not armed. However, both men should be considered dangerous.