Two inmates who escaped from the Black River Falls correctional facility are still on the loose today.
The two were supposed to be released later this year. And authorities cannot understand why they fled. 18-year-old James Misleveck and 29-year-old James Newman walked out late Tuesday night. Officials believe they left the area – but not before they stole several vehicles, kidnapped a woman at gunpoint before releasing her, and led police on a high-speed chase which resulted in a large manhunt through woods and farmland near Tomah. Authorities said the a vehicle they stole was about a mile from the cornfield where they were last seen when the high-speed chase ended. The F-B-I is helping authorities investigate – and there’s no longer an organized search. The kidnapped woman worked at the Ho-Chunk Casino near Black River Falls, where she was abducted in the employee parking lot and was held captive for about six hours. A stolen shotgun and ammunition were recovered from one of the stolen vehicles. Misleveck was just ending a prison term for burglary, car theft, and arson. Newman was serving time for shooting a firearm from a vehicle. Both were part of the prison’s boot camp program that started eight years ago.