Search for escaped inmates in Florida panhandle


Three inmates escaped from a jail in the Florida panhandle, and officials are asking the public to be on the lookout.

Wakulla County authorities announced on Friday morning the search for three escaped inmates from the county jail. According to the agency, they escaped just after midnight and have not been located. It appears the images entered through a "breach" in the ceiling of the library, and made their way across the building to an exit point where the escaped, officials said.

- Joel Teraill Cooper, 43: described as a black male, 5’08” tall, weighing 187 pounds and was charged with burglary.

- Donald James Cotterman, 44: described as a white male, 5’11” tall, weighing 156 pounds, and was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and weapon possession. He is also a registered sex offender.

- Casey Martina Brandon, 25: described as a white male, 6’02” tall, weighing 210 pounds, and was charged with burglary, theft, vehicle theft and criminal mischief.

Deputies said all three are wearing grey or white sweats and long johns. The sheriff’s office recommended for schools within the county to be canceled. It unknown if they are armed, but they are considered to be dangerous individuals. Florida High Patrol, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Department of Correction and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are assisting in the search. 

Officials advises if you see any of the suspect or know of their whereabouts, don’t approach them and call 911 or the the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850-926-0800 or 850-745-7100.