By Bob Weaver|
Four men escaped from the Wirt County jail Saturday and
are on the loose. Wirt County Deputy Sgt. Lou Peck
identified John Edward Griswold, 25, being held for
probation violations and burglary; Nathaniel B. Wood, 21,
held for malicious wounding; Eric R. Cottrell, 22, recently
indicted for larceny for a breaking and entering and Charles
C. Conley, 18, on the same charge. They are all residents of
the Wirt-Wood area.
"We have an idea of the direction of escape," said Sgt.
Peck. "We feel confident they will be caught." They have
been reported to NCIC and police agencies are on the alert.
Peck said he was unaware if any of the men are armed.
Peck said the men left the jail between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.
on Saturday. "We are continuing with the investigation of
the jail break and expect to have a full report," he said. The
escapees went to J & S Auto in Elizabeth where they stole
a 1992 four-door maroon Ford Explorer, West Virginia
license 1 P - 4414.
Stories afloat regarding the early morning battery of
Elizabeth resident Lloyd Mullinex was not associated with
the escapees, said Peck. He said a man who was highly
intoxicated apparently entered the Mullinex residence and
beat on him about the time the jail break happened. A dog
belonging to Mike Villers apparently bit the intruder.