GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – Two women attempted to escape law enforcement custody today, but were quickly back in police custody.

Sheriff Matt Champlin reports that Gallia County Sherriff’s Deputies have apprehended two female inmates that attempted to escape custody from the Work Release Center in Cheshire, Ohio on September 11, 2017.

Taken into custody was Brandice Kingsley, 28, of Gallipolis, Ohio and Michelle Watkins, 34, of Bidwell, Ohio. Both females were taken into custody shortly after being reported missing by corrections staff and community members.

“I would like to thank our citizens for their assistance in the apprehension of the two escapees,” stated Champlin. “Our phone lines started blowing up almost immediately and they were in custody shortly thereafter. It is exactly this type of community support that is helping local law enforcement agencies in keeping our communities safe.”