Prison guards killed by inmates during transport in Georgia

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an email Wednesday that multiple agencies have contributed $70,000 to the arrest of 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose.

Officials say the two may be making their getaway in a dark green 2004 Honda Civic with Georgia tags.

A massive manhunt is still underway for Dubose and Rowe, now more than 24 hours after their escape.

Police say they then stole a white pickup truck from an industrial site in the area.

Both slain officers worked at Baldwin State Prison in Hardwick, Georgia, the Georgia Department of Corrections said. There was a gate between the officers and the inmates. The Honda was found later, intentionally hidden in woods not far from the burglarized house, Sills said.

FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge David LeValley said people throughout the state and country should be looking for the inmates.

Of the two, the tacky-tattooed Dubose will be easiest to find.

The governor urged anyone in the surrounding areas to be cautious while the inmates remain at large, saying they are extremely unsafe.

However, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is asking the public to be observant and report any sightings or information about the escapees to their law enforcement agencies. That police activity was related to the search for the suspects, authorities confirmed. The truck was on the quarry business' property at the end of the work day Tuesday (6 p.m.) and was discovered missing when employees arrived for work Wednesday at 6 a.m.

Sills said it's likely the pair has left the Madison area.

Authorities said the duo are now in white, 2008 Ford F-250, BCX 5372, standard cab with a dent in the right rear quarter panel and tool boxes down both sides. "I still have their blood on my shoes".

Deal pledged that "no effort will be spared" to track down the fugitives and he urged residents to call 911 with any tips.

CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Donnie Russell Rowe.

"The investigation will determine whether we need more personnel, more security in these transports".

No one knows where they are headed, but Dubose is from northeast Georgia and Rowe has ties to Tennessee.

The note tells the men: "There is no one you can trust... and nowhere you can go that we won't find you. Those are the lessons we will learn", Deal added. "It's a hard way to learn lessons, however". He is 6-feet tall and he weights roughly 150 pounds.

In August of 2010, he was charged with several fraud and theft charges in Madison County.

They are armed and unsafe; if you see them call 911.

Rowe who is from Lewisburg was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery, possession of a firearm and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. He was serving a life sentence without parole in Baldwin State Prison.

  • Zachary Reyes