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1 of 2 Pickens Co. escaped inmates captured

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Rickylee Smith (left) and Jonathan Moody. (Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office) Rickylee Smith (left) and Jonathan Moody. (Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One of two inmates who escaped from the Pickens County Jail on Tuesday night was apprehended Wednesday morning, according to deputies.

Deputies said 25-year-old Rickylee Smith and 20-year-old Jonathan Dean Moody compromised a lock in a minimum security section of the jail about 8:30 p.m. They said the pair then scaled a 12-foot wall and slipped through a chain-link fence.

Investigators said search dogs tracked the pair about a mile from the jail.

At 12:04 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies said they located Moody in his underwear about a half mile from the detention center in a wooded area off of Highway 178 and he was taken back to the jail. Deputies said they have increased their search efforts to find Smith in the same area after locating Moody.

According to the jail's website, Smith has been charged with several counts of burglary, larceny and a drug charge. Moody has been charged with armed robbery, larceny and several drug charges.

Before Moody was located, investigators said they talked to several people who may have some kind of connection to the case and could possibly know the whereabouts of the men.

Deputies said 20 officers with the sheriff's office, Pickens Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol helped in the search Tuesday night.

Deputies said two other inmates helped Moody and Smith with their escape, but they would not be identified until Smith was captured.

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