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Missing Inmates Found, Still in Jeff. City Prison

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri corrections officials are even more eager for a new prison to open in Jefferson City next year, after a weekend of searching for two convicted murderers.

The two men were found Sunday morning, inside the prison behind a fake wall they had constructed. Christopher Sims, of St. Louis, and Shannon Phillips, of Kansas City, went missing Wednesday. They are both serving sentences for murder and went missing right after officials found a third convicted murderer dead in the prison's ice plant.

Department spokesman John Fogere says the State Penitentiary is more than a hundred years old, and is hard to search given all its tunnels and vents. He says the new facility is set to open next July.

"Just to illustrate the differences as far as searching, with that new institution it would probably take us eight hours to search the thing in its entirity and be satisfied we had searched it," he said. "Where [at the State Penitentiary], it could take several days."

The inmates were found after a worker punched a hole in the fake wall they had made.

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