Sandusky County Sheriff: Search continues for two escaped inmates

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FREMONT, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The search continues for two inmates that escaped the Sandusky County jail Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Chris Hilton says deputies are looking for Mickey Hardy, 38, and Jordan Chapman, 26. Sheriff Hilton adds it is likely someone picked up one or both men, and that they could be in hiding.

Hardy was behind bars on charges of aggravated menacing, burglary and operating a vehicle intoxicated.

Chapman was in jail on three counts of receiving stolen property along with four other charges.

For hours Monday, local, state and Michigan agencies searched on foot and by air for both men in the Fremont area.

Sheriff Hilton told 13abc the search for Hardy and Chapman was called off at 9:30 p.m. Monday after authorities were informed that at least one of the men may have been picked up by someone.

Both men were last seen wearing jail uniforms. Their orange pants were later found along the edge of a cornfield on the 2300 block of Countryside in Fremont.

Sheriff Hilton said Hardy and Chapman are considered dangerous.

"I would consider these two to be dangerous," said Sheriff Hilton. They escaped from jail. There's a reason they escaped."

If you believe you see one, or both, of the men, you're advised to call the Sandusky County Sheriff's office at (419) 332-2613.

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Hardy's and Chapman's arrest.