LIBERTY - Two jail inmates who escaped custody of Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman Saturday while attending the burial of a relative, were apprehended early Sunday.
Eighteen-year-old twins Rodney and Ronnie Johnson of Malone Cemetery Road were apprehended about 3 a.m. Sunday in a mobile home on Snake Ridge, Sheriff Coffman said. The mobile home was owned by their uncle, Earl Coffman, who was not at home.
Sheriff Coffman said the mother of the Johnson twins wanted the teenagers to attend the funeral and burial of an uncle and asked him to bring them.
Coffman said he knew the family so he transported the teens from the Casey County Detention Center to the services.
"When we got to the cemetery on Dogwood Gap, they ran off and into a briar thicket," said Coffman. After searching for the two young men for several hours, Coffman, deputies Dennis Allen and Bob Weddle, along with special deputy Brent Delp searched again that evening. They went back later and apprehended the escapees.