Escaped convicts possibly spotted in SC, sheriff says

Georgia State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough said a ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, which shares the radio channel with GSP, heard the transmissions about the shooting and the carjacking victim and tied the two together.

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".

The person who reported the sighting told law enforcement they believe they saw Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose wearing camouflage trousers and black shirts near Exit 18 off I-95.

Monica, 42, and Billue, 58, are being remembered as having had an "unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family".

Sills said a reward had climbed to $130,000 for information that led to their arrests, and officials warned that anyone helping the inmates would be prosecuted. He says "We do not offer rewards for someone to be brought in dead or alive".

Signs of the fugitives turned up hours later and 25 miles north, in Madison, where they ransacked a house, ditched their prison uniforms, and took food and likely clothes as well.

Multiple law enforcement agencies report the capture of two escaped inmates from Georgia here in Murfreesboro.

"We can assume they don't have money", Sills said "They are doing like most escapees do".

On Thursday, Special Agent David LeValley, head of the FBI's Atlanta office, announced the start of a billboard campaign urging the public to help find the fugitives, and acknowledged that the hunt is no longer limited to Georgia, but now national.

The escaped inmates left the auto and fled on foot in the area.

Monica, 42, a sergeant, worked for the department for nearly eight years and leaves a wife. Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Park.

Authorities said Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, who has prominent tattoos on his face and neck, were spotted twice on Tuesday after they overpowered, disarmed and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue as the guards drove 33 inmates between prisons.

They continued to monitor the interstate exit ramps into Thursday evening.

The inmates were supposed to be separated from the officers by a metal gate, but Rowe and Dubose were able to get inside the cab of the truck.

The website states that Monica was a Chicago native and had lived in Baldwin County for the past 20 years.

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