Day 1 coverage: HPD searching for escaped Ohio inmate

50-year-old Bradley Gillespie
50-year-old Bradley Gillespie(Henderson Police Department)
Published: May. 24, 2023 at 5:01 AM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The Henderson Police Department says an escaped inmate from Ohio has been on the loose in Henderson.

The search started around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say they have been looking for 50-year-old Bradley Gillespie.

50-year-old Bradley Gillespie
50-year-old Bradley Gillespie(Henderson Police Department)

HPD says they know Gillespie was in the area of Hays Boat Ramp after they found his shoe later in the morning.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, several officers came to the area and began searching with flashlights. We could hear neighbors gesturing for officers as if they had seen something.

We could also see a helicopter in the area.

Brady Williams reported on the situation live on 14 News at 10:

Law enforcement searching near Hayes Boat Ramp late Wednesday night

The situation seemed to calm down after about 20 minutes, but law enforcement are still looking for Gillespie.

Here’s the original coverage on 14 News at 10, just before that action starting picking up:

Law enforcement agencies working through the night in Henderson manhunt

The early morning search originally began after police were notified of a stolen vehicle.

When they spotted it, they say they believed two escaped inmates were inside.

Police attempted to pull the vehicle over near U.S. 41, but the car kept going.

According to HPD, one suspect was caught when the car crashed on Camaro Drive.

He has been identified as James Lee.

James Lee
James Lee((Source: Ohio Department of Corrections))

According to officials, Lee was in prison for burglary, and breaking and entering.

Police say Gillespie, is still on the loose, and is considered to be dangerous.

They say he was convicted of a double murder back in 2016.

You are asked to lock your doors, and turn on exterior lights. Call 911 if you have any information.

An award for up to $20,000 is being offered, according to the United States Marshals Service, for information that directly leads to the arrest of Gillespie.

According to officials, both Gillespie and Lee escaped from Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Ohio on Monday.

Police say they will continue thorough searches of areas. We will also be utilizing helicopters, drones, and FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) to locate and search heat signatures in uncommon areas.

Bradley Gillespie is a white man, 6′0″, 200 lbs, balding with facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and pants.

Here is the 7:30 p.m. briefing from police:

Full press briefing: Evening update on manhunt in Henderson

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Here’s our live team coverage on 14 News at 6.

6 p.m. live team coverage of Henderson manhunt

Also on 14 News at 6, we spoke with an Ohio news anchor who has been covering the prison escape since the beginning:

Ohio news anchor recalls start of murderer manhunt

Here is our live team coverage on 14 News at 5:

5 p.m. live team coverage of manhunt in Henderson

Here is our live team coverage on 14 News at 4:30:

4:30 p.m. team coverage of search in Henderson for escaped murderer

Here’s our live team coverage on 14 News at 4:

4 p.m. team coverage of search for murderer

Here’s live coverage from 14 News at 11 a.m.:

HPD: Manhunt underway in Henderson for escaped Ohio inmate

Henderson Police shared information late Wednesday morning. You can watch that interview below.

Authorities provide update on manhunt for escaped Ohio inmate in Henderson

We will update this story as information comes available.

You can watch our Sunrise coverage below.

New details on escaped Ohio inmate as manhunt continues
HPD: Police searching in Henderson for escaped Ohio inmate