From Savannah Morning News
Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said law enforcement has received reports of two men matching the description of the escaped inmates from Georgia being spotted at a rest area at mile marker 17 on Interstate 95.
“The caller said men that matched the description were going in and out of the woods and looked suspicious,” Malphrus said.
The JCSO has not confirmed the identities.
The person who reported the sighting told law enforcement they believe they saw Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose wearing camouflage pants and black shirts near Exit 18 off I-95. Rowe and Dubose escaped from the Georgia Department of Corrections on Tuesday after as a prison bus was hijacked on Ga. 16 near Hancock County. Two corrections officers were killed during the incident.
“We are asking citizens in this area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity,” the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page around 1 p.m. “They are believed to be armed and dangerous and, if sighted, should not be approached.”
A manhunt has been underway for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, who are accused of killing two guards and stealing a pickup truck.
They escaped Tuesday after overpowering the guards on a Baldwin State Prison bus.
They are considered armed and dangerous.
Malphrus urged the community to use caution and call 911 if they see suspicious vehicles or the men matching the description. The FBI is rolling out "a significant media effort" including "a nationwide billboard campaign" to try to catch the fugitives, according to David LeValley, who runs the FBI office in Atlanta. The billboards will include a nationwide tip line: 877-926-8332.
LeValley stressed that the reward is for information leading to an arrest. "We do not offer rewards for someone to be brought in dead or alive," he said.
Authorities are pleading with the public to look out for the stolen 2008 white Ford F250 pickup truck with the Georgia tag BCX-5372.