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Two Prisoners Escape Custody in Clay County

Date of News Release: 03/28/2016

(LONDON, KY.) - On Monday, March 28, 2016 at approximately 5:14 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by Clay County 911 that two prisoners had escaped from a Leslie County Detention Center transport vehicle while it was stopped at the intersection of KY HWY 11 and South HWY 421 in Clay County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Don Trosper learned through an investigation that two Leslie County Deputy Jailers were transporting multiple inmates from the Knox County Detention Center to the Leslie County Detention Center. As the transport van stopped at an intersection, inmates Ledford Hamilton, 34, of Artemus, KY and Ronald B. Gray, 24, of Barbourville, KY escaped through an unsecured door and fled on foot.

An immediate broadcast was made and numerous police units responded to the scene and established a perimeter. Hamilton, was located on HWY 11 a short time later nearly a mile and a half from where he escaped. Gray has not been located as of yet. He was last seen wearing a light colored T-shirt with either gray sweat pants or gray shorts and flip flops. Anyone seeing someone matching this description is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-878-6622.

Trooper Don Trosper is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Troopers from Post 11, Clay County Sheriff's Office and Manchester Police Department.