COLUMBIA -- Authorities are searching for two inmates who have escaped from a South Carolina prison.
Prison officials say 19-year-old Mark Clark and 21-year-old Charles Marlowe were confirmed missing from Stevenson
Correctional Institution in Columbia around 7 a.m. Thursday.
They are believed to be wearing blue jeans stenciled with SCDC on the side and oranges sweatshirts.
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Clark is about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and has scars on the left side of his head and under his left eye.
Marlowe is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weights about
150 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his left arm and chest.
Corrections Department spokesman Josh Gelinas says authorities still are investigating how the men escaped.
Both men were serving 4-year sentences for possession of stolen vehicles.
They were sentenced in Clarendon County and have been held locally since Oct. 20.
Enrolled in the agency's Shock program for youthful offenders, they would have been eligible for release after completing the
Corrections' Fugitive Apprehension Unit is working with local law enforcement and S.C. Law Enforcement Division to apprehend the escapees.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Corrections'
Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 877-349-2130 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Associated Press and The (Columbia) State contributed to this report.