UPDATE: Escaped inmates from Columbia Correctional Facility in custody in Rockford

Updated: 10:20 a.m. on April 17, 2020

ROCKFORD, Ill. (CBS 58) — The Rockford Police Department says the two escaped inmates from Columbia County are now in custody. 

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says Thomas Deering and James Newman escaped from the Columbia Correctional Facility by scaling the perimeter fences.

Posted: 7:18 a.m. on April 16, 2020

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Columbia County Sheriff's office says two inmates escaped from the Columbia Correctional Facility.

Authorities are asking people in the area to lock their doors and stay home. According to the Portage Police Department, the two men escaped shortly before 5 a.m. and are believed to be headed toward Madison.

The inmates are described as white men, ages 37 and 46.

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