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Hunt for three inmates after Missouri jailbreak

Carlos Sarmiento
Image caption Prosecutors say escaped inmate Carlos Sarmiento beat his roommate to death with a claw hammer

Authorities are searching for three inmates, including a convicted murderer, who escaped from a jail in the US state of Missouri by crawling under a fence.

The trio escaped from the Daviess/DeKalb County jail in Pattonsburg on Sunday night wearing orange prison jumpsuits with no shoes.

The fire department is going door-to-door warning residents of the incident.

The town's only school, which serves 170 students, remains locked down.

"I don't normally lock my doors, but I am now. I'm sure everybody is," city clerk Karen Shepherd told Associated Press news agency.

The escaped inmates include 57-year-old Carlos Sarmiento, who was awaiting sentencing for first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his roommate, Lance Davis.