Posted: Tuesday, 24 July 2012 4:34PM
Two felons missing from a Black River Falls correctional facility stole another car and have fled the area, authorities suspect.
18-year old James Misleveck and 29-year old James Newman walked out the front door of the unlocked minimum-security prison about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th.
They stole four cars, the last one a 1996 black Concord, and kidnapped a woman at gunpoint near Tomah.
The spree prompted a massive manhunt, which included tracking canines and at least 35 officers who went door to door and scoured up to 1,000 acres of woods and farmland.
The FBI has joined the investigation, and authorities are looking for the stolen Concord, but no agency is operating an organized search. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call police immediately.
Authorities are trying to figure out why the men fled the prison, often a last stop for inmates before their release. Both men were scheduled to be freed later this year.
Newman was serving a sentence for discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Misleveck was serving time for burglary, arson and car theft. If captured, they both face a host of new criminal charges.