CHIPLEY - The car believed to have been stolen by two inmates who escaped the Washington County Jail late Sunday evening has been recovered in North Carolina, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
WCSO reports the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina is the latest agency to join the investigation after the agency located a 1996 Lincoln Towncar with a vinyl top reported stolen around 10 a.m. Monday, about a mile from the jail.
“On December 19, at approximately 8 a.m., it was confirmed that the vehicle reported stolen in our county was located in Haywood County North Carolina,” said Sheriff Kevin Crews.
Crews goes on to say that Haywood County Sheriff’s Office reports a vehicle was stolen in their county "within proximity to where the Washington County vehicle was located."
The two inmates - Ronly Diaz Pardo, 27, and David Allan Anderson, 39, became the focus of a manhunt across the southern U.S., after escaping the Washington County Jail late Sunday night. Sheriff Crews reports the inmates escaped by chipping away at a wall in their cell to gain access to an adjoining room that led outside to the jail yard.
According to a news release, multiple agencies are involved in the search for Pardo, charged with stabbing to death another inmate in June, and Anderson, awaiting trial on a litany of charges following a high-speed chase earlier this year and who was already sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.
The last place authorities can place the inmates locally is near State 77 and Brickyard Road, where the Lincoln Towncar was reported stolen around 10 a.m. Monday.
"We will not stop until both of these individuals have been apprehended," Crews said in an earlier release. "We have had a tremendous amount of support from several local law enforcement agencies concerning this investigation, as well as the U.S. Marshals Felony Fugitive Task Force and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement."
In the release, Crews said "it was determined" that the two men escaped around 11 p.m. Sunday "by chipping away at a portion of their cell wall located under a sink, which allowed them access to a maintenance room. After gaining access to the maintenance room Pardo and Anderson were able to exit into the jail yard and escape by crawling under a padlocked gate that they had bent."
"Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Felony Fugitive Task Force, will without exhaustion, continue to work all leads in order to locate these two individuals," said Crews.
Pardo was "recently transported to the Washington County Jail on a new charge of murder" and was already serving time for two counts of sale, manufacture or delivery of marijuana and one county of lewd and lascivious out of Collier County. He is described as a hispanic male, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weight 183 pounds. The release said Pardo was facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly "stabbing a fellow inmate to death" in June at the Northwest Florida Reception Center. He was there following convictions for lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of sale of marijuana.
Anderson was being held in the county jail on charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement with disregard to safety of person or property, use or display of a weapon during a felony, possession of a methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of paraheralia. He also was being held for the US Marshall's Office for trafficking in methamphetamine, for which he was recently sentenced to serve 22 years.
Crews asks that anyone who sees or comes into contact with the men use "extreme caution and dial 911 immediately."
Anyone with knowledge of the escape or the men's whereabouts can call the Sheriff's Office at 850-638-6111 or 850-638-TIPS, or by email at email@example.com.