Manhunt intensifies for two armed Georgia inmates on the run


Federal and state authorities announced Thursday afternoon at a news conference in Madison that they have no leads on the whereabouts of two prison escapees who are wanted for killing two correctional officers during their escape early Tuesday.

Officials said Donnie Rowe and his accomplice Ricky Dubose, who are serving life sentences were seen on Tuesday after they subdued, disarmed and killed Sergeant Curtis Billue and Sergeant Christopher Monica.

Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, remain at-large and are said to be armed with guns they stole from the prison guards.

Police found the Honda Wednesday evening in a wooded embankment off the side of the road near the home that was broken into.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday that the reward for information on the fugitives has been increased to $130,000.

Two escaped Georgia inmates sought in the killing of two corrections officers were apprehended following a auto chase in Tennessee, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said.

Protocol is to have two armed corrections officers on the bus, but the officers don't wear bullet-proof vests during transfers, Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.

"Obviously, you could be nearly anywhere in America", said Sills, who is leading the investigation into the deaths of Georgia Department of Corrections officers Curtis Billue and Chris Monica.

"Both officers were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family", the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

"I have never seen this level of assistance in my career", Sills said.

"The FBI, the United States Marshalls Service and the ATF are working closely together as the search for these individuals expands", Levalley said. The report states that they were both wearing camouflage trousers and black shirts. "They need to surrender before we find 'em", Sills said. Two corrections officers were killed during the incident.

Both Rowe, 43, and Dubose were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes, and have been cellmates a couple of times in Georgia's prisons. "We know of no great amount of money, but there may have been some money there the victim didn't know about", the sheriff said. The other prisoners on the bus, Sills said, "did not visibly participate" in the escape.

Sills said the men then walked several miles before stealing a white Ford pickup at an industrial site sometime before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

When he stopped his vehicle, police said the inmates robbed him at gunpoint. "They can't be replaced". Sills says authorities aren't sure where they went after that, but he suspects they're no longer in the Madison area.