Escaped inmates' relatives plead for their surrender

Published On: Oct 19 2013 05:18:11 PM EDT

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says he believes both convicted killers who escaped from a Florida prison are in the Orange County area, and he pleaded for the public's help in finding them.


Family members of both convicted killers who escaped from a Florida prison held a press conference Saturday afternoon, imploring the men to turn themselves in.

Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were both released from the Franklin Correctional Institution in the Florida Panhandle days apart using documents from the Orange County Clerk's office with forged signatures.

Walker's mother, Lillie Danzy held back tears, while speaking outside the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"We love you, we believe in you, we just want you to surrender yourself to someone who you trust, who will bring you back in safely," she said.

Capt. Angelo Nieves said detectives are working around the clock, following up on leads, and they still believe the men are in Orange County.

"We have received some information regarding some sightings, but what those details are we can't provide at this point," said Nieves.

[RELATED: Sheriff: Escaped inmates in Orlando area]

The signature of Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry, who's best known for overseeing the Casey Anthony murder trial, was among those forged in the mistaken prison release of the two men.

[RELATED: Perry's name forged in killers' release]

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