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Folsom Prison escapees still on the loose

By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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Two minimum-security inmates escaped from the Folsom State Prison minimum support facility last week and authorities are still searching for the men. As of Monday, Jeffrey William Howard, 43, and Garrett Daniel Summitt, 34, were still on the run. Howard is described as a white male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighing 205 pounds. He has a shaved head with brown facial hair and brown eyes.  He was sent to prison from Los Angeles County on July 13, 2009, to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft. Summitt is a white male, 6-feet tall and weighing 230 pounds. He has a shaved head with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was sent to prison from Los Angeles County on Dec. 10, 2009, to serve a six-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance and firearm possession. Folsom State Prison correctional staff and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Correctional Safety agents initiated escape apprehension efforts, said Lt. Anthony Gentile, the prison’s public information officer. Local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified and are assisting in the search, Gentile said. “The escape apprehension teams are still actively exploring leads,” Gentile wrote in an e-mail to the Telegraph on Monday. “Unfortunately, the two escapees have not been apprehended yet. We are extremely appreciative to the Folsom Police Department as well as residents in the community that have provided support and tips throughout the search.” Gentile said anyone seeing individuals who match the description should contact law enforcement authorities immediately or call 911. Folsom State Prison opened in 1880 and is California’s second oldest prison. The prison houses 3,526 minimum- and medium-security inmates and employs more than 1,100 people.