2 inmates escape correctional facility north of Madison, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Patrol said two inmates have escaped Columbia Correctional Facility in Portage, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon. 

The state patrol advised those in the area to lock their doors and stay home.

Both inmates are white males and were identified as 37-year-old James Robert Newman and 46-year-old Thomas E. Deering.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. There is no other information available at this time.