BREAKING: Authorities now looking for two vehicles in connection with escaped prisoners

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills holds a press conference to provide an update on the manhunt.

By Lynn Hobbs

Authorities are on the lookout for two vehicles in connection with yesterday's prison guard fatal shooting and inmate escape.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said they are still looking for the Green Honda Civic tag number RBJ6601; and now they also are searching for a white 2008 Ford F-250 work truck with tool boxes along the sides of the bed. The truck was stolen during the night last night from a rock quarry business near I-20 in Morgan County. Sills said evidence left at the scene led them to believe it was the two escaped inmates who took the truck.

The truck has damage to the rear quarter panel and the trailer hitch had been cut with a torch. Both of the inmates have been cellmates in the past and were again most recently at Baldwin State Prison, where they were being transported from when they overpowered the guards, fatally shot them and escaped in a green Honda they hijacked, according to Ricky Myrick, the assistant commissioner of Georgia Department of Corrections.

The fugitives have not been caught and are being sought all over the state and nation, Sills said.

"They obviously are pretty good because they have stolen two vehicles in the last two days," Sills said, noting it is not known what time of night the pickup truck was stolen. 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.

The fugitives are Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Russell Rowe, 43. In addition to tattoos on his face and neck, Dubose also has ghost tattoos on his pointer finger and pinkie. 

Sills and Myrick would not elaborate on how the pair overpowered and killed prison guards Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue. When asked if the gate of the cage in the bus was unlocked, Sills replied "obviously it was because they got through, but we do not know how." Myrick said the tragic incident is being investigated thoroughly by the GDOC so they can prevent it from happening again. 

The two inmates were part of a group of 33 inmates being transported on a bus from Baldwin and Hancock state prisons to a diagnostic facility in Jackson, Myrick said. The dianostic facility is a "hub" where prisoners go to be relocated to other facilities. Prisoners are routinely transported and relocated to othre facilities on a regular basis, "so they don't get too familiar with their facility," Myrick noted. Dubose and Rower were the only two of the 33 who escaped. 

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