A search is underway in Mississippi for three inmates who escaped from a county jail southeast of Jackson.

Simpson County Sheriff Don O'Cain says it appears the men broke through a skyline and made their way to the roof late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

O'Cain identified the inmates as 33-year-old Johnny Taylor, 26-year-old Sean Bratcher and 26-year-old Russell Williams.

He says two of the three, Williams and Taylor, have escaped once before.

O'Cain says the men were serving time on theft and drug charges.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Eric Henry says six patrol officers are in Simpson County assisting in the search.