Reward increased for escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two officers

"We are asking citizens in this area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity", the Jasper County Sheriff's Office had written on its Facebook page around 1 p.m.

The inmates who stayed on the bus - even though the door to the back was ajar and Dubose and Rowe had kicked open the glass on the door to the bus - have all been interviewed and reportedly cooperated. They were being transported Tuesday when they allegedly killed two correction officers before making their escape. 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.

Sills called the escaped inmates violent repeat offenders and extremely unsafe, having taken the guards' 9 mm pistols.

People in the North Country are very familiar with the fear being felt by Georgia residents because of the 2015 escape of two convicted murderers from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

"They walked almost nine miles and actually walked in the creek bed", Sills said. "They're not concerned with anything regarding human life".

Two Georgia prisoners who overpowered and killed their guards on a #Prison bus Wednesday are on the run. "Very frustrating", said Sill. The pair then ditched the Civic and stole a white 2008 Ford F-250 with the Georgia license tag of BCX5372. Officials say the Honda was found hidden in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose have stolen at least two vehicles in their getaway.

Rowe is serving life without parole for armed robbery, the department of corrections said, and Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.

But numerous inmates had come from different prisons and knew little of Rowe and Dubose, who had been cellmates at least twice during their incarceration at Baldwin State Prison.

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The pair shared a cell while in prison, but authorities say they can't be certain if that is where they hatched their escape plan.

They are working with several agencies, including SLED, US Marshals, K-9s and helicopters to patrol the area.

"They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills said.

Both men were being held at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, just one county over from where they escaped in Putnam County.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath could not provide additional details.

Sills said a reward has climbed to $130,000 for information that leads to their arrests, and officials warned that anyone helping the inmates will be prosecuted.

A news conference is planned at noon in Madison where Sills and state and federal authorities will update the status of the investigation.

The duo snatched and tossed the cellphone of the Honda driver and left the remaining 31 inmates stocked inside the bus, Sills added. "They provided the most vital information at the most crucial time".