By Calvin Palmer
Police are searching for two convicted murderers who walked out of an Arkansas prison wearing prison guard uniforms.
Jeffrey Grinder, 32, and Calvin Adams, 39, escaped yesterday evening from the Cummins Unit prison in Grady, corrections department spokeswoman Dina Tyler said.
Both men were serving life sentences without parole.
The guard uniforms used by the prisoners are made in the prison, which is about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock.
Video surveillance shows the men put them on in the prison library after the 6:00 p.m. headcount and walked out of the prison during a shift change less than 20 minutes later, Tyler said.
“Someone should have laid eyes on them. That’s one of the things we’re looking at: How exactly did they get out without someone challenging them?” Tyler said.
The men were not discovered missing until the 10:00 p.m. headcount.
Grinder and Adams drove away in a maroon or burgundy colored, four-door sedan that had been left for them.
Grinder was convicted of capital murder in 2004, and Adams was convicted of capital murder in 1995. Both men have family in Arkansas and out of state.
“We think there’s probably a pretty good chance that they are not in Arkansas,” she said.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]