3 prisoners escape from Southeast Missouri prison

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Authorities say three men escaped from a prison in southeast Missouri after removing a large block from the cell wall.

Iron County Sheriff Geoff Burkett said the escape happened around 4:30 a.m. Ironton Police said in a press release that they were armed and that authorities did not know which direction they were heading.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the men wanted were 57-year-old Tracy Brown, 36-year-old Dwight Abernathy, and 35-year-old Samuel Gillam.

Brown is facing second-degree burglary and burglary possession charges. Abernathy was imprisoned for assault in the first degree. Ghillam is accused of interfering with custody.

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