DULUTH - Authorities are looking for two Gwinnett County Correctional Institution inmates who escaped from a supervised work detail Thursday.
Officials said 28-year-old Mark Flenniken and Robert Summey, 29, were working at the Gwinnett Recycling Bank in Duluth before they were discovered missing about 1 p.m.
"These two inmates were part of a 41-inmate, three-officer detail," Deputy Warden Jeff Sligar said. "They are not there as trustees but as a supervised work crew. We are looking into how they could have become separated from the rest of the group."
Both men had been screened and were classified as minimum-security inmates. Flenniken was serving 18 months for a probation violation and could have been released as early as July. Summey was serving a two-year sentence for forgery and was scheduled to be released in 2010. Both men now face an additional 10-year sentence for felony escape.
Sligar said neither man has a history of physical violence. Flenniken is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 160 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a mustache. He has multiple tattoos, including on the back of his head, under his right ear and a fully sleeved right arm. His last known address was 2775 Landington Way, Duluth.
Summey is a white man, 5-feet-7, 155 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and a mustache. He has a tattoo on his neck, below his right ear. His last known address was 536 Haggard Road, Ringold.
Correctional Institution inmates have provided labor at the recycling bank for a number of years, Sligar said. The last escape was more than three years ago.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, Gwinnett police and the Georgia Department of Corrections' Fugitive Unit are pursuing all leads, according to prison officials.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these men is urged to contact local law enforcement.