Authorities still searching for escaped NWCX prisoners

 Authorities still searching for escaped NWCX prisoners
Robert Brown
Christopher Osteen

State and local authorities in Tennessee and Kentucky are still searching for two prisoners who escaped Friday morning from the Northwest Tennessee Correctional Complex in Lake County.

Department of Correction spokesperson Tylee Tracer says 36-year-old Robert Lee Brown, of Putnam County, and 34-year-old Christopher Osteen, of Weakley County, were confirmed missing around 8:30 Friday morning.

Around 9:15 that morning, a Fulton County Kentucky Highway Department employee was kidnapped by the escapees from a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. The employee was found around 2:00 Friday afternoon, along with his department truck, in the area of Highway 218 and Iron Banks Road in Henry County where he was left by the escapees.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports that early Saturday morning, deputies found a resident tied up in his home on Reynoldsburg Road and the victim’s 2009 red Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup was taken.

According to the victim, the incident occurred around 10:30 Friday morning.

Authorities say the truck has a Tennessee license tag 050-WJQ.

Brown is currently serving an 18-year sentence for Aggravated Rape out of Putnam County. His sentence was set to expire in 2022, while Osteen is serving an eight-year sentence for Burglary out of Madison County. His sentence was set to expire in 2023.

The TBI says both men are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information regarding their whereabouts should immediately contact their local law enforcement or the TDOC TIPS Hotline at 1-844-TDC-FIND.