Three Missouri inmates who escaped through jail's ceiling captured

The escaped inmates were captured by U.S. Marshals in Wyoming, Texas, and Missouri

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All three inmates who officials say escaped from a jail in southwestern Missouri earlier this month have been captured, the Barry County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday. 

The three escapees – Lance Justin Stephens, Matthew Allen Crawford, and Christopher Allen Blevins – cut a hole in the ceiling of the jail and entered a water heater storage room, then broke an exit door and fled the facility around 8:30 p.m. on June 2, Sheriff Danny Boyd told KY3. 

Officers discovered that the inmates were missing the next morning and notified the public, then turned the manhunt over to the U.S. Marshals a few days later. 

Lance Justin Stephens, 29, Matthew Allen Crawford, 29, and Christopher Allen Blevins, 37, escaped from the Barry County Jail in Missouri early Friday and may have left the state, authorities said. 

Lance Justin Stephens, 29, Matthew Allen Crawford, 29, and Christopher Allen Blevins, 37, escaped from the Barry County Jail in Missouri early Friday and may have left the state, authorities said.  (Barry County Sheriff's Office)

Blevins, 37, was captured near Casper, Wyoming, on June 8, roughly a 1,000-mile drive from the Barry County Jail. He was previously being held on multiple drug charges, according to jail records. 

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Crawford, 29, was arrested on Monday in nearby Springfield, Missouri, about 50 miles northeast of the jail. He was being held on charges of theft. 

The last inmate, Stephens, was taken into custody on Tuesday evening near San Antonio, Texas. He had been arrested for drug charges and unlawful use of a weapon. 

All three suspects will face additional escape charges

The three inmates 

The three inmates  (Google Maps)

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The sheriff said that the jail is short-staffed and there were only two officers working in the facility at the time of the escape. 

"Nobody can go in the back to deal with the inmates," the sheriff told KY3. "You can’t go back there by yourself. You always have to have somebody with you, which would leave the front booking office open."

Fox News's Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.