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Two inmates walk away from work crew in Eureka

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EUREKA- Two inmates walked away from a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office work crew on Thursday in Eureka.

Authorities say at about 10:30 a.m., eight inmates were cleaning up brush behind Les Schwab Tire Center in Eureka,  when two of them walked away. The Correctional Officer supervising the inmates called the Sheriff’s Office and Eureka Police Department for assistance, but they were not found. One of them is 36-year-old Eureka resident Brian McSilvers, who was scheduled to be released a week from Friday. The other inmate is James Henry, Jr., who was scheduled to be released on December 15th. Both fugitives are facing a maximum of six years in prison for the escape.

"The charges for which the inmates were being held in this case were for probation violations.  The jail does screen inmates before they put them on these work crews.  This was a special work crew.  The jail staff and correctional officers screened out.  They did not feel they were a threat to the community or high risk," said Lt. Steve Knight with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Both McSilvers and Henry Jr. were last seen wearing blue denim shirt with white t-shirts underneath, blue denim pants and work boots.  McSilvers is described as a white male, 150 lbs., with short blond hair and hazel eyes. Henry Jr. is described as being 5’10”, 165 lbs., bald and having hazel eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the two fugitives are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251, or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.