Wednesday, November 28 2012, 09:59 PM CST
Former inmate exposes events leading up to Bradley Monical's escape
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Another day, another search for escaped inmate Bradley Monical.
Wednesday morning, Jackson County Sheriff's Department searched up and down highway 140 looking for clues to Mr. Monical's wear abouts.
Deputies say highway 140 gives plenty of vacation homes for Monical to hide.
Along the way, deputies talked with neighbors, asking them if they have seen any suspicious activity in the area. Although neighbors haven't seen anything out of the ordinary, one man did.
David Everist was released from the Jackson County Jail on Wednesday morning for mining illegally.
Everist says the night of the escape, something didn't seem right.
"The night of the escape, there were no guards in the guard bubble, that's what the inmates call, where the guard station is and there was no body in there between 9 and well after 11 o'clock after the escape," said Everist.
According to Everist, a jail guard says Monical used a special tool to break out.
"He told me and other inmates that during the escape, that somehow, a bolt like cutter instrument got into the jail and into the rec room," said Everist.
But Jackson County Sheriff, Mike Winters disagrees.
"I can't believe that that is true. We are conducting a full internal review of the agency. That we were at our staffing levels and we are conducting a policy review. We are looking at every aspect of that," said Winters.
Everist said another thing that night was out of place.
"The odd part of this was it was after dark usually after dark they don't give inmates rec time. I don't understand why inmates need rec time between 9 and 10 at night," said Everist.
It's known that Monical's jail break happened with the help of others, but Everist believes there is more to the story.
He believes that Monical used bolt cutters to cut through the mesh in the rec room, but someone had to supply them to him.
"It had to brought in by a guard, its obvious, just think about it. They are the only ones that come in with their own backpacks, because they don't eat the jail food, only the inmates do," said Everist.