Escaped inmates from Florence Co. could be headed to Florida

Kyle William Norris, 27 (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
Kyle William Norris, 27 (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
Dameon Simpson (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
Dameon Simpson (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
More recent photo of Norris (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
More recent photo of Norris (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)

EFFINGHAM, SC (WMBF) The two inmates that escaped from the Palmer's Pre-Release Center in Effingham that the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Florence County Sheriff's Office have been working together to locate have been spotted in Georgia.

Clark Newsom, Communications Director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, told WMBF News Sunday that two inmates from the Palmer Pre-Release Center were reported missing Sunday morning.

Dameon Simpson, 35, was reported missing around 4:30 a.m. Kyle William Norris, 27, was reported missing at 9:25 a.m.

Newsom now says that the inmates have been spotted in Laurensville, Georgia Monday afternoon at Swanson's Auto where the two men convinced a salesman to let them test drive a car in order to take the vehicle to a relative's house to check it out. The inmates never returned to the dealership.

The car salesman said one of the inmates called him as they were driving off with the car and asked if it had GPS. The man replied that it did not.

Officials believe the two men may be heading toward Florida in that car, toward Gainesville or Ocala where Norris' relatives reside.

The vehicle is a 2004 white 4-door Pontiac Grand Prix with Georgia tags.

Simpson and Norris were on work detail at McCall Farms in Effingham at the time of their escape. An employee of the farm, and former inmate, told the warden he gave a set of keys to the inmates to operate a machine. Those keys also contained the keys to his personal vehicle.

Kyle Norris is serving a five year sentence for non-violent second degree burglary out of Darlington County. Dameon Simpson is serving a five year sentence for hit-and-run out of Horry County. Norris and Simpson are not considered violent.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to contact the SCDC Special Investigation Unit at 803-896-2256.

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