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UPDATE: Russell County schools on lock down while escaped inmates search continues

Left to right: Barringer, Smith, Hendrix.  Source: Russell County Jail Left to right: Barringer, Smith, Hendrix. Source: Russell County Jail
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

All Russell County schools have been put on lock down while authorities continue searching for three inmates who escaped from the Russell County Jail overnight.

Sheriff's deputies are searching for 27-year-old John Curtis Hendrix who is a white male.  Also, Charles Smith who is a 40-year-old black male, and 30-year-old Adam Wesley Barringer, another white male.  Barringer is a convicted murder.

Sheriff's deputies are using a helicopter and dogs to search for the suspects.  The helicopter, piloted by the Metro Narcotics Division, has concentrated searches on a subdivision just to the north of the jail on Highway 431 South.  

Authorities are advising residents in the area to be aware that the suspects are on the loose and make sure they lock their doors. They say if you see anyone matching the descriptions to call authorities immediately.  

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these men, please call the Russell County Jail at 334-298-6535.  

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WTVM contributed to this story.

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