UPDATE: Authorities searching for 2 inmates

JACKSON — Authorities were searching Monday for two state inmates.

Pearl River County Jail prisoner Raphael Taylor escaped from the facility in Poplarville Friday.

The 22-year-old Taylor is serving a five-year sentence for a vehicle burglary in Lauderdale County.

Inmate Randy N. Blansett didn’t return to the Chickasaw County Jail in Houston after a pass on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Blansett is serving a three-year sentence for two felony DUI convictions, one each in Monroe and Chickasaw counties.

Blansett is a 29-year old white male with green eyes, brown hair and weighs 185 pounds.

A Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman said anyone with information about the two should alert authorities.

The Associated Press