White, Schultz

UPDATE:

After an extensive investigation by the Phelps and Jefferson county sheriff’s departments, and U.S. marshals, escapee Michael J. Schultz was captured Wednesday, Aug. 9 in Arnold. 

He was transported back to the Phelps County Jail, where he is in custody without bond.

The driver of the escape vehicle, Cole A. White, 24, Dittmer was arrested in High Ridge Tuesday. Aug. 8. He is charged with aiding in the escape of a prisoner. Bond was set at $100,000. 

Schultz’s girlfriend and accomplice, Mary Christine Dames, 39, Fenton, also was arrested in Arnold. She was also charged with aiding in the escape of a prisoner and is being held on a $100,000 bond. 

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Local authorities are on the lookout for an inmate who fled custody in Phelps County Monday, Aug. 7.

According to the Phelps County Sheriff’s office, Michael J. Schultz, 32, was working on a supervised crew while in custody at the Phelps County Jail when he fled on foot at 7:51 p,m.

Schultz was arrested on nonviolent offenses, authorities said.

He previously lived in Union and authorities said he may be in the Union area.

According to the sheriff’s office, video footage shows Schultz getting into a white single-cab long-bed Chevrolet pickup, with a small black roll bar in the bed. Once he entered the truck, the vehicle left the area.

Cole A. White, 24, the driver of the truck, has been charged with aiding escape of a prisoner confined for a felony. Schultz also has been charged with escape from confinement.

Schultz is a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has a shaved head. He was last seen wearing orange pants, a white T-shirt and brown work boots.

White is a white male, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has ties to both Franklin and Jefferson counties.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Schultz or White should contact the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, a local law enforcement agency, or dial 911.