Tipton County escapee may be on the run with girlfriend, police say

Jay Dyvig and Jennifer Lemasters

TIPTON, Ind. – A jailed man who failed to return from furlough he was granted for a funeral may be traveling with his girlfriend, police say.

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office sent an alert about Jay Douglas Dyvig Sunday, saying he was considered armed and dangerous. The 18-year-old was being held at the Tipton County Jail on charges of robbery resulting in bodily injury, theft, criminal confinement resulting in injury and criminal confinement involving a vehicle.

However, he was granted a 12-hour release that began at 8 a.m. Saturday so he could attend the funeral of a family member. He was due to return to the jail at 8 p.m. but didn’t show up. A family member notified jail staff after the deadline that Dyvig didn’t plan on coming back. Police began searching for him.

The sheriff’s office said Dyvig, who’s now wanted on a charge of escape/failure to return to lawful detention, may be with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Jennifer Lemasters. The pair may be in possession of a gun, police said. Their whereabouts are currently unknown and police it wasn’t clear where the pair was headed. Police are asking for help locating them.

Anyone with information should contact Major Mike Tarrh at (765) 675-0759 or Tipton County Communications at (765) 675-2111.

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