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  • The Merchandise Mart, scene of this morning’s dramatic escape

Police are looking for two corporate executives after their dramatic escape this morning from the Merchandise Mart.

The execs, whom police described as stocky middle-aged white men dressed in pinstripes and wingtips, apparently rappelled down the building’s southern facade from a second-floor window on a rope of heavyweight garland, which had been serving as office decoration. Authorities were uncertain how the men managed to get out the window, which is only five feet wide.

The execs were last seen in their office during an 8 AM conference call. Two hours later, a secretary noticed that two figures hunched in front of computers in corner offices were mannequins, and employees realized their CEO and CFO were AWOL. Police believe the mannequins were stolen from the adjacent Apparel Mart.