UPDATE - Escaped inmates believed to be in Madisonville, Ky., area

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By The Staff

BRANCHVILLE - Indiana State Police believe two men who escaped from the Branchville Correctional Facility Friday night are in the Madisonville, Ky., area.

Conan Helsley, 20, and Kent Day, 45, are believed to have stolen a pickup truck from the J.H. Rudolph Co. asphalt plant just north of Interstate 64.

Caldwell County, Ky., Sheriff’s Department recovered the stolen pickup yesterday morning along the Western Kentucky Parkway near Princeton, Ky. A short time later, Princeton police received information that a white delivery van had been stolen from that city. The van was found abandoned last night in Madisonville. Detectives believe Helsley and Day stole both vehicles.

Indiana State Police believe Helsley and Day are still together and are most likely not wearing their prison-issue khaki uniforms. The two men should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on their possible whereabouts is encouraged to contact police. Indiana State Police can be reached at (800) 742-7475.

ORIGINAL STORY - Convicted murderer among two Branchville escapees (posted online Saturday morning.)

TELL CITY - A search was continuing Saturday morning for two Branchville Correctional Facility inmates discovered missing Friday night.

At approximately 11 p.m., offenders Kent Day and Conan Helsley were discovered missing after failing to return from medical call-out.

Day is serving a 50-year sentence for murder and a 10-year sentence for robbery with a release date of June 2014. He was sentenced in Lake County in 1985 and had a last known address of White Plains, Ky., just south of Madisonville. He is a 45-year-old black male, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has long black hair with tight corn rows with pony tails, has green eyes and wears glasses.

Helsley is serving an eight-year sentence for armed robbery in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and was scheduled for release in 2012. He was sentenced in 2007 and last lived in Pike County. He is a 20-year-old white male, stands 5 feet 5 inches, weighs 130 pounds and has short brown hair and brown eyes.

The Indiana Department of Correction canine unit and emergency squads have been activated and a search is under way. State police and local law-enforcement officers are aiding in the investigation. Authorities are investigating how the men escaped.

Indiana State Police and local law enforcement were notified at 11:20 p.m. and are assisting in the investigation.

At the time of their escape, both inmates were wearing khaki shirts and pants. Indiana State Police believe they were most likely picked up from a nearby location and are no longer in the immediate area. State police detectives have reason to believe that Day may be headed toward the Madisonville, K., area. Helsley is from Pike County and is known to frequent Warrick and Vanderburgh Counties.

The two men should be considered dangerous. Anyone seeing them or who has information on their whereabouts should call 911 or Indiana State Police at (800) 742-7475.