Escaped inmates steal truck, reward increased to $130k

The reward for the two escaped convicts accused of killing two correctional officers on Tuesday is now up to $130,000. That was announced Thursday in Morgan County during a news conference with the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies.

MORGAN COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are now looking for a truck that was stolen from the county where two escaped inmates were last seen.

Police have linked it to the escaped inmates accused of killing two correctional officers.

CATCH UP | Manhunt continues for 'dangerous beyond belief' escaped inmates

A BOLO was released for a 2008 white Ford F-250 two-door with silver tool boxes on both side rails. The Georgia license plate is BCX5372.


The truck is described as not being in pristine condition. It was hitched to a trailer that was cut by a torch, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Sills said the truck was taken sometime between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday when the business reopened.

THE SEARCH

The reward for their capture was raised to $130,000 Thursday. Sills said the FBI, Georgia Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshall Service, Ga. Sheriff's Association, Fraternal Order of Police, as well as the Putnam, Butts and Spalding County Sheriff Departments contributed to the growing reward.

Police and law enforcement officials from throughout the Southeast continue to search for two escaped inmates accused of shooting and killing two corrections officers in Putnam County on Tuesday morning.

TIMELINE | Manhunt for escaped Putnam County inmates

A statewide manhunt has been underway since the incident, when authorities said Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe were being transported on a bus when they allegedly overpowered the guards, killed them and escaped. 

After the shooting, the two are accused of carjacking a man and stealing his light green 2004 Honda civic. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

ALSO: Audio of escaped Georgia prisoner planning 2014 armed robbery

Kristen Reed and Julie Wolfe, WXIA


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