The following information was provided by the state Department of Correction:
A full scale search is underway for two female inmates who escaped from the York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Saturday night.
Correctional staff noticed that the pair was not accounted for as a group of inmates who live at Davis Hall were returning from the gymnasium, at approximately 8:15 pm. The facility was placed in lock down and an emergency count was ordered, which identified the two missing offenders.
Melissa Riley, 30, of Willimantic. She last entered the system on July 18, 2011, on a controlling charge of possession of narcotics, with a sentence of three years and three months to serve.
Jessica Rivera, 34, of Waterbury. She was last returned to the system on July 12, 2011 with a controlling charge of conspiracy, and a total sentence of four years to serve. According to the Hartford Courant, Rivera has escaped previously.
The escape is considered a walk away as these offenders were housed on the minimum-security side of the facility, which is not totally secured by a fence.
Emergency notification to local and state officials and members of the public was made late Saturday night via the State’s CT Alert system.
Anyone with information about the inmates is asked to notify state or local police.