One Of Two Escaped Inmates Captured In Wyoming
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Authorities say they have captured one of the two convicts who escaped from an Arizona prison in Wyoming.
The U.S. Marshals office says Tracy Province was arrested with a handgun early Monday in northwest Wyoming, about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone National park.
Another inmate and a suspected accomplice were still on the lam.
The search for the two men turned Sunday to Yellowstone National Park, a day after one of the inmates was linked to a double homicide in New Mexico.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday information developed within the past two days indicated that Province, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch may have been in portions of the park that span Montana and Wyoming. The agency also said investigators believe Province has separated from McCluskey and Welch.
The manhunt for the three intensified Saturday after forensic evidence linked at least one of the inmates to the killings of an Oklahoma couple who was traveling through eastern New Mexico earlier this week.
The badly burned skeletal remains of Linda and Gary Haas – both 61 – were found in a charred camper Wednesday morning on a remote ranch in Santa Rosa. The couple’s pickup truck was found that afternoon 100 miles west in Albuquerque.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports that Province, McCluskey and Daniel Renwick escaped from a medium-security prison in Arizona through a door that should have set off alarms, but didn’t.
The three later kidnapped two semi-truck drivers at gunpoint and used the big rig to get away, authorities said. The group left the drivers unharmed in the truck at a stop just off the freeway in Flagstaff and then fled.
Renwick was arrested in Colorado on Aug. 1.
Province was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery. McCluskey was serving a 15-year prison term for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm. Renwick had been serving a 22-year sentence for second-degree murder.
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