Authorities say two state prisoners who escaped from a private prison in Perry County apparently had someone help them cut through three fences.

Dick Harbison, the vice president of Lafayette, La.-based LCS Corrections Services, which owns and operates the prison, said Thursday that authorities were still searching for the escapees.

They are 26-year-old Joshua Southwick and 22-year-old Ashton Mink.

The two escaped early Monday morning. Southwick was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to a 2003 murder-for-hire case in Limestone County. Mink was serving time for an attempted murder conviction in Madison County in 2005.