2 prisoners escape from Cecil jail

August 16, 1991

Two prisoners escaped yesterday afternoon from the Cecil County Detention Center and were at large late last night as sheriff's deputies and state police continued a manhunt.

Henry Eric Hamilton, 22, of Elkton, and Philip Henry Madden, 38, of Trenton, N.J., escaped sometime after 2 p.m., Sgt. Linda Lannen said.

Hamilton had just been found guilty in Cecil County of robbery with a deadly weapon and was awaiting sentencing. He faces the same charges in Kent County.

Madden, who was serving a prison term in New Jersey, had recently been found guilty of breaking and entering in Cecil County.

Authorities said the two men probably were unarmed.

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