Inmate breakout marks Ohio jail's second escape in last month

One of the two inmates has been taken into custody


By GDT Staff
Gallipolis Daily Tribune

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Two females escaped from custody on Friday evening in Gallia County, with one later re-arrested.

Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin released a statement on Friday evening saying two females escaped custody from the Gallia County Jail. The statement was later updated on Facebook to say that one woman, Savannah Coleman, had been taken into custody by the Gallipolis Police Department.

“At approximately 5:57 p.m., two females who have been identified as Shelena Doss and Savannah Coleman were able to compromise the security of our facility and have fled custody. Ms. Doss, age 28, is a white female who is 5’4” tall, 195 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Ms. Coleman, age 28, is also a white female who is 5’7” tall 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes,” said Champlin.

Shelena Doss and Savannah Coleman's breakout mark the second inmate escape in the last month from Gallia County Jail. (Photo/GCJ)
Shelena Doss and Savannah Coleman's breakout mark the second inmate escape in the last month from Gallia County Jail. (Photo/GCJ)

“It pains me to see this, the second breach in security at our facility in the last month. Our facility is over 70 years old in combination with the dynamics of the inmate population and the quantity of inmates we are holding, is continuing to create an environment that our facility was not intended or designed to handle. We continue to explore options to remedy this problem and insure the safety of our staff and the citizens we serve.”

Doss was still at large as of press time.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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