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Authorities think 2 Florida escapees have left Haywood County

U.S. Marshals out of Florida are leading the multistate manhunt for Ronly Pardo and David Anderson, who chipped away at a concrete wall inside their cell in the Washington County (Florida) Jail to make their escape. (Photo credit: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

U.S. Marshals out of Florida are leading the multistate manhunt for Ronly Pardo and David Anderson, who chipped away at a concrete wall inside their cell in the Washington County (Florida) Jail to make their escape.

Pardo is charged with murder, and Anderson was being held on multiple drug-related charges.

Police said the inmates stole a car in Florida after their escape Sunday, abandoned it in Haywood County and stole a GMC truck from there Tuesday morning.

“They were able to bust a concrete wall block from behind a sink in their cell,” Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said. “One thing that bothered us last night (Monday) was we still hadn't found the car stolen from our county.”

Crews then got a call from the Haywood County Sheriff's Office.

“The biggest break we got was when we got the call this morning,” Crews said.

Deputies found the stolen Lincoln Town Car in a parking lot by the dam at Lake Junaluska. Investigators said the two fugitives then likely walked several hundred yards and across the street and made off in the early morning hours Tuesday with a white 2001 single cab GMC truck.

“I got to work here about five 'til eight this morning,” said Eric Yarrington, who owns a physical therapy and fitness gym in the Haywood office park. “When I got here, our gates were swung wide open.”

Yarrington contacted the office park owner, who said his truck had been parked behind the locked gates and fence.

The truck was gone.

“He was shocked, of course, thinking what the heck's going on,” Yarrington said.

"We were initially shocked to learn of the incident, but our main concern is for the safety of our tenants. We were relieved to know everyone was safe," Melanie and Andrew Brown said.

Haywood detectives think the two fugitives have left the county, but, until someone sees the truck or sees the fugitives, no one really knows.

“We would ask the public up that way and north of there to be on the lookout for that vehicle,” Crews said. “And, if they see it, certainly, call 911 no matter what county or state they're in.”

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