Inmates escape from Franklin County Prison

April 19, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies Wednesday night were looking for two inmates who escaped from the Franklin County Prison.

Scott Taylor and Steven L. Silverman were discovered to have escaped from the prison at about 9:15 p.m., according to State Police Sgt. James Brown.

Taylor was described as white, 6-feet, 2 inches tall with blond hair. Silverman is white, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, bald and muscular with numerous tattoos.

Brown said he did not know why the men were serving time.

Helicopters from Maryland and Pennsylvania state police circled the east end of the borough, and were still doing so about 11 p.m.


Brown said a Chambersburg Police K-9 team was being called in to help with the search.

"Some citizens have called in 911 and we're following the leads," Brown said.

He said the helicopters have "forward looking infrared sensors" that are able to detect body heat, allowing people to be spotted even in total darkness.

Brown said it was unclear at what time the two men escaped from a cell on the southwest corner of the prison.

At one point, police cruisers were in the parking lot of the Save-A-Lot food store on Lincoln Way East. Brown said there had been a report received that two men were seen entering a part of the building that is unoccupied. State and borough police, however, left the parking lot a short time later and the search continued.

The area over which the helicopters were circling is about half a mile from the prison complex, which is at 625 Franklin Farm Lane.

Police said the men were wearing white T-shirts and sweatpants but may also have been wearing orange prison jumpsuits.

Maryland State Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Hagerstown City Police were notified of the prison break and given a detailed description.

Police said Silverman may head to Hagerstown since he has ties to the area.

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