2nd inmate who escaped through a Missouri jail ceiling has been captured

By Rebekah Riess and Holly Yan, CNN

    (CNN) -- After 10 days on the run, a Missouri jail inmate who disappeared through a ceiling has been caught -- but authorities are still looking for another escapee.

Matthew Allen Crawford, who faces theft charges, is one of three men who broke out of the Barry County jail on June 3, authorities said.

He was captured Monday in Springfield, Missouri -- about 60 miles northeast of Barry County, according to the US Marshal's Service and the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Crawford escaped with two other inmates: Christopher Allen Blevins, who faces charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting a lawful stop; and Lance Justin Stephens, who faces charges including possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.

Two of the inmates were in the same jail pod while the third was in an adjacent pod, Barry County Sheriff's Office detective Doug Henry said.

He said the trio cut holes in the ceiling and climbed through, fleeing the building through a maintenance door.

Henry said the building is old and the ceilings are made of plaster, which could have made the trio's escape easier.

Five days after the escape, Blevins was captured near Casper, Wyoming -- more than 800 miles away from the jail, the Barry County Sheriff's Office said.

The third inmate, Lance Justin Stephens, is still on the run.

"If you know anything about where Stephens is, call 911 or the Barry County dispatch at 417-847-4911," the US Marshals Service tweeted.

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