VERO BEACH, Fla. -

Authorities say two men being held on first-degree murder charges have escaped from the Indian River County Jail.

Indian River Sheriff's officials say the inmates were last seen about 4:30 a.m. Monday. They believe the men were picked up outside the jail. Officials are reviewing surveillance tapes and jail phone records.

The Vero Beach Press-Journal ( http://bit.ly/rmll8w ) reports that 25-year-old Leviticus Taylor and 51-year-old Rondell Reed were cell mates at the jail.

Law enforcement officials were searching a wooded area near the Vero Beach airport early Monday. Officials did not know if the men were armed, but say they are considered dangerous.

Taylor was convicted of murder in September. He was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 10.

Authorities say Reed escaped from a North Carolina prison more than 20 years ago.