BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Department of Correction is searching for two men who authorities said escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.
Caleb Joe Thomas, 20, and Ridge Scott Dains, 21, were discovered missing shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified and IDOC’s Correctional Emergency Response Team was activated.
Personnel from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, NICI, Cottonwood City Police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and began conducting a search of Cottonwood and the surrounding areas. Searchers found footprints in the snow going away from the prison but were unable to locate the two men.
Authorities said it is possible Thomas and Dains were picked up by someone and may be headed toward southern Idaho.
Thomas is described as six-feet-one-inch tall, weighing 186 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of flowers on his left hand and hears above his right thumb. Thomas was incarcerated for grand theft, arson and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. He has a history of theft, eluding, burglary, possession and delivery of controlled substance and probation violations.
Dains is described as five-feet-one-inch tall, weighing 140 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has several tattoos. On his right he has the words “Since 92” across his knuckles. On his right forearm are the words “Richard Dains fighting since 1941” with an eagle. On his back, “R.I.P. Kord”. His criminal record includes a burglary conviction in Canyon County.
Authorities said the Thomas and Dains may be wearing white T-shirts, brown boots, blue jean jackets and either orange jumpsuits or blue jean pants.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Thomas and Dains was urged to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.