ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - The mother of one of the women thought to be with two escaped Lake County inmates pleaded Tuesday night for her daughter to come home.
Kenneth Grauman and Gregory Bradshaw have been on the run since Saturday when they escaped from the Lake County Residential ReEntry Program.
Now, authorities say, the men are likely with their girlfriends. Authorities say Grauman is dating Brittany Rector, 17, while Bradshaw is dating 29-year-old Laura Grauman who is Kenneth Grauman's cousin.
"I love her. I want her to come home," said Dawn Morse, the mother of Laura Grauman.
It has been a long few days for Morse, wondered what will happen next. She doesn't know if her daughter is safe or what will happen the next time the two escapees feel police are closing in.
Not a lot is clear about exactly what Kenneth Grauman and Bradshaw are up to, but one thing seems certain: they're not giving up easy.
The escapees have gone to reckless lengths to elude police -- leading them on two high-speed chases in as many days. On Sunday, the duo crashed a stolen minivan in a field after a chase. On Monday, they plowed through a field in a stolen Jeep Cherokee to elude authorities.
And after having a square mile in rural Allegan County locked down for six hours Monday, police admitted they seemed the two had succeeded and slipped away again.
Now, police and families are concerned about the safety of the women.
"I'm afraid she's going to get shot. I'm afraid she's going to die and I don't want her to die," said Morse.
Laura Lee Grauman is Kenneth's cousin and Gregory Bradshaw's girlfriend.
Morse has tried calling both women.
"I called and left a message and told her friend Brittany, the one that's with her, that I loved them both and I was worried about them and wanted them to get a hold of me, let me know they were okay. I never heard back from them," she said.
On Tuesday night, Morse had a message for her daughter, who she hopes is safe --
"Laura, give it up. You guys come home. Turn yourself in. I love you. I miss you. We all do."
Morse said she doesn't think the suspects are dangerous or would hurt the women on purpose, but she's worried about the risks they're taking.
Morse told 24 Hour News 8 she has an idea of what's fueling all of this and she doesn't think it's freedom. She believes it has to do with drugs.
US marshals are offering up to $1,500 for information that leads to the arrests of the escapees.
Bradshaw has a tattoo on his neck that says 'Jessica,' Allegan police said.
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