By Bob Weaver

Four men who escaped from the Wirt County jail 18 days ago are still on the lam, according to Deputy Lou Peck of the Wirt County Sheriff's Department. "We still believe we have the area pinpointed," he said. "Authorities are looking for them."

Details of the circumstances surrounding the jailbreak have not been released. Deputy Peck said a report will be completed when the subjects are apprehended. The break occurred between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 31.

The four men are all residents of the Wood-Wirt area. They have been identified as Nathaniel Wood, 21, held for malicious wounding; Eric R. Cottrell, 22, and Charles C. Conley, 18, both charged with larceny related to a breaking and entering and John Edward Griswold, 25, being held for a probation violation related to a burglary.

The escapees reportedly went to J & S Auto in Elizabeth where they stole a 1992 four door maroon Ford Explorer.

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