2 officers killed on prison bus, 2 inmates on run — Georgia manhunt

Georgia Department of Corrections  Elbert County Sheriff's Office

Both escapees are considered by authorities to be armed with 9mm handguns, the ones taken from the corrections officers after they were shot to death on the bus.

A Georgia sheriff says the reward is now $115,000 for information leading to arrests of the two inmates who killed two guards and escaped from a prison bus.

'We are still desperately looking for these two individuals, ' the sheriff said.

A multistate manhunt is underway for Rowe, 43, and Dubose, 24, and a reward for their capture has risen to $90,000, the sheriff said.

The bodies of the slain state corrections officers were returned to funeral homes Wednesday afternoon. "We see our officers as our family", Dozier said.

Sills said the two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver's cellphone and leaving the other 31 prisoners locked inside the bus on state Highway 16.

The inmates have been cellmates a couple of times in Georgia's prisons, had known each other for "quite a while" and may have planned the escape together, Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner Ricky Myrick said.

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

Investigators will analyze footage from video cameras on the bus to determine how they got free and who pulled the trigger, the sheriff said.

"My biggest worry is they're going to kill somebody else", Sills said. Sills says they took some food and likely some clothes and left their prison uniforms behind.

The two escaped inmates are believed to be in this white Ford F-250.

The business did not appear to have been broken into, the sheriff said. Sills said the men then vanished again and authorities have no reason to believe they have split up. "This is a rock quarry-type place". Police are now searching for a truck taken by the men.

Sills was emotional as he described the scene. The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a tweet that people should call 911 and should not approach the men if they see them. "I have their blood on my shoes".

Sills was asked about reports that one of the prisoners was connected to a gang.

'How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know'.

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Following the incident on the bus, Rowe and Dubose, armed with the officers'.40 caliber Glock pistols, allegedly carjacked a Honda Civic from a resident who was driving by, and then fled west toward Eatonton, the sheriff's office said.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal pledged every state resource necessary to catch the pair.

"We lost two of our fellow officers, two of our kin". "Our heartbreak is matched only in our resolve to bring their murderers to justice".

This photo provided by the Elbert County Sheriff's Office taken on October 13, 2015 shows inmate Ricky Dubose.

"Donnie and Ricky, I hope you are reading this". However, I am asking you to surrender yourselves to the nearest law enforcement officer as soon as possible.

The bus also is equipped with security cameras, though Sills said authorities already know who killed the guards and reviewing the video Tuesday was not as important as "finding these two escaped, unsafe convicts".

Monica was 42 and leaves behind a wife, Dozier said.

Billue was was with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 10 years and Monica had eight years of service.

Both escaped inmates are serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes.

Rowe and Dubose most recently were inmates at Baldwin State Prison in nearby Milledgeville, the corrections department said. He also was convicted of theft and identity fraud in cases from August 2010.

(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP).

CNN's Devon Sayers, Steve Almasy, Emanuella Grinberg, Tina Burnside and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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