Reward now $130,000 for info leading to escapees’ arrest


6/15/2017, 1:15 P.M. — The reward for two fugitives who escaped a prison transfer Tuesday and killed two correctional officers has now been raised to $130,000.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says Thursday 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.


PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says the reward is now $115,000 for information leading to arrests of two inmates who killed two guards and escaped from a prison bus.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says in a brief email to The Associated Press that “many significant contributions” boosted the reward from $70,000.

Authorities say 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose have stolen at least two vehicles for their getaway.

The first was a Honda that was found hidden in woods near a house they ransacked about 25 miles from the site of the killing. Police say they then stole a white pickup truck from an industrial site in the area.

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