published Monday, March 5th, 2012

Prison escapees may be hiding in Chattanooga

Two men who escaped from a South Carolina prison may be hiding in Chattanooga, police say.

On Jan. 15, inmates Dameon Simpson and Kyle Norris walked away from a job site in Effingham, S.C. Both were inmates at Palmer Pre-Release Center, a minimum-security facility in Florence, S.C.

Simpson was serving a five-year sentence for hit and run. Norris was serving a five-year sentence for second-degree burglary.

Police believe they might be in the Chattanooga area. On Feb. 9, 2012, police recovered a 2004 white Pontiac Grand Prix that had been sitting for two weeks in a parking lot at the Country Oaks Apartments on Oyler Lane in Hixson. The car, bearing Georgia dealer tag DL-91E92, turned out to have been stolen from Swanson Auto in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The auto dealer’s employees said Simpson and Norris test-drove the car before it went missing.

Simpson, 34, is 6 feet tall and 189 pounds. Norris is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 145 pounds. Both men have grown their hair out since the booking photos were taken.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts could be eligible for a confidential cash reward up to $1,000. Call 423-698-3333.

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