Officials of the Pike County, Missouri Sheriff’s office warn residents that 5 inmates are at large after escaping from the Pike County Jail last night. The five escaped by removing a tamper-resistant shower head controller and gaining access to a service area. Residents are urged to be on the lookout for the following men:

Jason A Darnell male, white, age 25 of Louisiana, MO. Jason Darnell was being held in Pike County from MO Department of Corrections and was to have a hearing on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. He was in prison for possession of controlled substance.

Joseph A Verive male, white age 49 of Elsberry, MO. Verive was being held on a charge of domestic assault. It is believed that Verive no longer has any local ties and may be headed to Arkansas. Note Verive's hair and beard are now shorter than pictured.

William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr male, white, age 40 of Florissant, MO. Wilkerson was being held on a charge of failure to appear on charge of stealing anhydrous ammonia in 2008.

Jacob A Darnell male, white, age 22 of Louisiana, MO. Jacob Darnell was being held on charges of domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Emanuel G. Chatman male, black, age 27 of Louisiana, MO. Chatman was being held on charge of domestic assault.

The investigation has confirmed that Chatman and the 2 Darnell brothers were seen in the Louisiana, Mo area sometime between 10:30 and 11:00 pm on the 8th being driven by a black male in a turquoise green 1993 Chevy Suburban taken from a rural Louisiana location. Chatman is believed to possibly have contacts in the City of St Louis who may hide them out.

Additionally a 1999 Ford Ranger was reported stolen over night from Lake Shore Dr. in Bowling Green. The Vehicle is described as a standard cab, short bed, orangesh yellow in color with a single ladder rack mounted on the left side and a Mizzou sticker on the back glass.

Any one seeing these men or having knowledge of their whereabouts should call their nearest law enforcement agency or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 573-324-3202.