A man who escaped from the Lincoln County Detention Center in North Platte was spotted in Morrill County, but eluded law enforcement officers on foot.
Lincoln County authorities said that 42 year old Troy O’Brien of Gary, Indiana, escaped from the jail around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
O’Brien was due to be released just eight hours later, but allegedly stole a detention center employee’s vehicle and fled. He was believed to be with a 27 year old woman, Melissa L. Sancillo, also of Gary, Indiana.
The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office said that around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night they received a report that the stolen vehicle was spotted near Bridgeport.
A Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to make contact with the vehicle, which did not stop and drove through a field south of Bridgeport on Highway 385.
Two occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot southwest in the field. They believe those two were O’Brien and Sancillo.
O’Brien was originally arrested in North Platte as a passenger with Sancillo after police said he gave false identification saying he was someone else. Authorities then 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.
Authorities encourage all residents in the area, especially the rural Dalton area, to lock their doors and vehicles and if they notice anything suspicious to contact law enforcement immediately.
The Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol are assisting in the search for the pair.