The escaped inmates, Ronly Diza Pado, 27, and David Allan Anderson, 39, are the focus of a manhunt across the southern U.S. Possible stolen vehicle is 1996 silver or beige Lincoln Towncar with a vinyl top

CHIPLEY — The two inmates who are the focus of a manhunt across the southern U.S., including one facing a murder charge, were able to escape late Sunday night by chipping away at a wall in their cell to gain access to an adjoining room that led outside to the jail yard, according to Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews.

According to a news release, multiple agencies are involved in the search for Ronly Diza Pado, 27, charged with stabbing to death another inmate in June, and David Allan Anderson, 39, awaiting trial on a litany of charges following a high-speed chase earlier this year and who was already sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.

The last place authorities can place the inmates is near State 77 and Brickyard Road, about one mile from the jail, where a 1996 silver or beige Lincoln Towncar with a vinyl top was reported stolen around 10 a.m. Monday. There is a Florida dealer license plate in the back window of the vehicle with the license plate number PH712D, the advisory states.

“We will not stop until both of these individuals have been apprehended,” Crews said in the release. “We have had a tremendous amount of support from several local law enforcement agencies concerning this investigation, as well as the U.S. Marshals Felony Fugitive Task Force and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”

In the release, Crews said “it was determined” that the two men escaped around 11 p.m. Sunday “by chipping away at a portion of their cell wall located under a sink, which allowed them access to a maintenance room. After gaining access to the maintenance room Pardo and Anderson were able to exit into the jail yard and escape by crawling under a padlocked gate that they had bent.”

The release did not say what time it was discovered the inmates were missing.

Pado was “recently transported to the Washington County Jail on a new charge of murder” and was already serving time for two counts of sale, manufacture or delivery of marijuana and one county of lewd and lascivious out of Collier County. He is described as a hispanic male, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weight 183 pounds. The release said Pardo was facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly “stabbing a fellow inmate to death” in June at the Northwest Florida Reception Center. He was there following convictions for lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of sale of marijuana.

Anderson was being held in the county jail on charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement with disregard to safety of person or property, use or display of a weapon during a felony, possession of a methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of paraheralia. He also was being held for the US Marshall’s Office for trafficking in methamphetamine, for which he was recently sentenced to serve 22 years.

Crews asks that anyone who sees or comes into contact with the men use “extreme caution and dial 911 immediately.”

Anyone with knowledge of the escape or the men’s whereabouts can call the Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111 or 850-638-TIPS, or by email at