After nearly a full day of searching, authorities in western Nebraska have been unable to locate a man who escaped from a jail in North Platte Thursday.
The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office said that authorities are still searching for 42 year old Troy O’Brien of Gary, Indiana, who escaped from the Lincoln County Detention Center in North Platte around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Morrill County Sheriff Deputy Cheree Fisher said that despite nearly two dozen officers searching all vacant buildings and a two-hour aerial search from the Nebraska State Patrol, authorities have not found O’Brien or the woman he was travelling with.
Lincoln County authorities said O’Brien allegedly stole a detention center employee’s vehicle and fled with a 27 year old woman, Melissa L. Sancillo, also of Gary, Indiana.
Fisher said that vehicle was recovered in a field in Morrill County, where O’Brien and Sancillo fled on foot after failing to stop for officers on Highway 385 south of Bridgeport.
Fisher said that surveillance video from a Bridgeport convenience store shows that the two occupants of the vehicle were O’Brien and Sancillo.
She said that there have been no reports of stolen vehicles in the area, and she encouraged those in southern Morrill and northern Cheyenne county to be extra vigilant until the two are captured.
O’Brien was originally arrested in North Platte as a passenger with Sancillo after police said he gave false identification and they determined the vehicle she was driving had been reported stolen in Indiana.
O’Brien is a white male, 6’1″, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants. Sancillo is a white female, 5’2″, 125 pounds, with blue eyes and dark hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.