Search for escaped inmates expanding as it enters 3rd day

A two-day manhunt that had the South on edge came to a close Thursday after two Georgia inmates who allegedly shot and killed two correctional officers were captured off a highway in Tennessee.

- Law enforcement officials said the two escaped inmates who investigators said shot and killed two Georgia corrections officers during their escape on Tuesday morning from a prison van in Putnam County have been captured.

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose were taken into custody after a auto chase in Tennessee, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted.

"They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills said. The first was a Honda that was found hidden in woods near a house they ransacked about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the site of the killing.

Early Tuesday morning, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe, a.k.a. "Whiskey", and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose were on a transport bus with 31 other cuffed and shackled prisoners.

The slain Baldwin State Prison officers were Christopher Monica, 42, who was hired in 2009; and Curtis Billue, 58, who was hired in 2007, authorities said.

Jasper County, S.C. - The escaped inmates from Putnam County, Georgia have reportedly been spotted in Jasper County.

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The truck driver said they looked like they were scoping out the area and planning to steal a vehicle.

The men overpowered the guards as they were transported by bus to another facility in the state of Georgia.

It wasn't immediately clear why the prisoners were being transferred.

"They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills says at a press conference Wednesday.

"They will be followed up on", said Sills.

The pair stole a white 2008 Ford F250 pickup with Georgia tag BCX-5372 at a business in Morgan County located about 9 miles east of Madison near I-20. The truck is equipped with left and right side chrome tool boxes.

"I think she needs her mother", Flegal said. "This is a rock quarry-type place".

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Rowe and Dubose then stole a auto and drove to Madison, Georgia where they ransacked a house, according to officials.

Sills said the two men may be in the truck, but he did not rule out that they may have split up.

"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that's what I saw", he said. "I have their blood on my shoes". But one inmate seated at the front was helpful, Sills said.

And they're urging people to take care. Two corrections officers were killed during the incident.

The inmates were caught following a vehicle chase in Tennessee, one state to the north of Georgia, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Twitter. "There is just so much we don't know", said Beverly Jones of Madison.

Sills, who has more than four decades in law enforcement, pointed to the black memorial band on his badge. You made your escape, but you won't be out long.

The massive manhunt is expanding to find armed escapees accused of killing two prison guards on a transport bus.

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Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said the loss of the two officers has caused him "pain and anguish that began in the toes of my feet and went up to my heart". Rowe has been in prison since 2002 with convictions including armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault.

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