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The Latest: 2 escaped inmates in Oklahoma believed armed

The Latest on the search in Oklahoma for two inmates who escaped a prison transfer service. (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

An Oklahoma sheriff says two escaped inmates who stole a prisoner transport van may be armed even though one of the guards escorting the inmates says he didn't have a gun.

Major County Sheriff Steve Randolph says 32-year-old Andrew Foy and 37-year-old Darren Walp escaped Tuesday morning by overpowering two officers with Inmate Services Corporation.

The van was later found about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from where it was stolen, with an empty gun holster inside. Randolph says the guard told investigators he didn't have a gun, but authorities are investigating whether he was being truthful.

Officials with the Arkansas-based transport company didn't return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Authorities say Foy was being transported from Pennsylvania to Wyoming, and Walp from Tennessee to Kansas, both to face charges for nonviolent offenses.

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11:50 a.m.

Authorities say two inmates who escaped a transport van in Oklahoma were being taken to other states to face charges for nonviolent offenses.

Investigators in Oklahoma's Major County say 32-year-old Andrew Foy and 37-year-old Darren Walp overpowered two transport officers Tuesday morning and took the van. The search Wednesday focused on a neighboring county where some of the inmates' personal belongings were found.

The sheriff's office in Laramie County, Wyoming, says Foy was being transported from Pennsylvania to face burglary, forgery and fraud charges in Wyoming.

Walp was being taken from Tennessee to Seward County, Kansas, where the sheriff's office says he faces burglary charges.

Oklahoma authorities say the inmates may be armed. They say the van was found about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from where it was stolen, with an empty gun holster inside.

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9:10 a.m.

Authorities are searching for two escaped inmates who may be armed after they stole a prisoner transport van in northwestern Oklahoma.

Authorities in Major County say the search continued Wednesday for 32-year-old Andrew Foy and 37-year-old Darren Walp.

Sheriff Steve Randolph says the inmates overpowered two transport officers Tuesday morning and took the van on U.S. 412 north of Fairview, which is about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City.

Randolph says the van was found about 13 miles (21 kilometers) away, with an empty gun holster inside. Investigators believe the two inmates later stole a truck from a nearby oilfield.

Authorities say Walp was being taken to Kansas to face property crime charges, while Foy is wanted in Wyoming on burglary, forgery and fraud charges.