Officials say that around 6:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday, Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Rowe, 43, were on a bus with 31 other inmates when they somehow overpowered the officers that were supervising them and escaped through a gate separating the inmates' section of the bus from the driver's compartment.
Authorities in Georgia said a manhunt was underway Tuesday after two inmates killed a pair of prison guards and escaped while being transported through a rural area southeast of Atlanta. They are believed to have fled in a "grass green", four-door Honda Civic.
Authorities were hunting for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe. 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.
Police in Georgia are on a statewide manhunt for two inmates who police say disarmed and killed two guards on a prison bus, then car-jacked a motorist and drove away.
"My professional opinion is that probably, they're not in the area, but I couldn't guarantee that", he said.
Rowe had two prior convictions for burglary, robbery and grand theft auto and was sentenced in 2002 to life without parole, followed by an additional five years. Baldwin State Prison, where they were both housed in Hardwick, Ga., is a medium security prison built in 1976 that houses adult male felons.
One of the murdered guards was Christopher Monica (pictured), who had been a prison guard since 2009. Sills says they took some food and likely some clothes and left their prison uniforms behind.
"The escapees stole a 2008 white-colored Ford F-250 pickup truck", Sills said, noting the Georgia license plate is BCX 5372.
The business did not appear to have been broken into, the sheriff said.
The trailer hitch on the truck, in some manner, has been cut with a torch, the sheriff said. "This is a rock quarry-type place". Joining them are our federal partners from the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The inmates are considered to be armed and extremely risky.
Sills was emotional as he described the initial scene to reporters.
Since the murders, the two inmates have been on the run. Sill said. "I have their blood on my shoes".
No one knows where they are headed, but Dubose is from northeast Georgia and Rowe has ties to Tennessee. They may be armed with the officers' Glock pistols.
Dozier said both officers leave behind families and described them as "great officers". "Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice".
The sheriff of Oconee County, whose jurisdiction is north of where the killings occurred, posted a message for the escaped convicts on Facebook.
I hope you are reading this. What is done is done.
"He says the family also asks anyone who has information that may assist in apprehending these perpetrators to please contact law enforcement".
Investigators Tuesday also were working to figure out exactly how the inmates made their escape.