Authorities search for 2 men who escaped northern Ohio jail

Mickey Mantle Hardy and Jordan Chapman.

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northern Ohio are trying to determine how two inmates escaped from a county jail before their orange pants were found at the edge of a nearby cornfield.

Mickey Mantle Hardy

The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office says the two men escaped Monday afternoon from the county jail in Fremont, roughly 30 miles southeast of Toledo.

A plane was used to scan the area as authorities searched on the ground Monday. WTVG-TV reports the sheriff ended those activities after authorities received information leading them to believe someone had picked up at least one of the men and they might be in hiding.

Jordan Chapman

Authorities say one man is in his late 30s and was jailed on aggravated menacing and burglary charges. The other, a 26-year-old, was jailed on stolen property charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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