PALATKA, Fla. — North Florida authorities are widening the manhunt for two escaped jail inmates who are linked to the slaying of a 66-year-old woman while on the run.
Police say 23-year-old Doni Ray Brown and 25-year-old Timothy Wayne Fletcher broke out of the Putnam County Jail in Palatka at 4 a.m. Wednesday and stole a truck.
Palatka is about 40 miles east of Gainesville in northeastern Florida.
Later, authorities discovered a car missing and its owner, Helen Key Googe, dead inside her Palatka home.
Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Greenwood says Googe was related to one of the inmates.
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The two men are believed to be driving a gold Lincoln sedan.