Aug 11, 2010 9:09 PM by Alison Haynes

Official says no reason to think fugitives in Ark.

GENTRY, Ark. (AP) - A sheriff's department official says there's
"no reason to believe" an escaped Arizona inmate and his fiancee
are in a small Arkansas town.
Law enforcement agencies swarmed Gentry, Ark., after a couple
robbed a beauty salon there Wednesday.
But Benton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Gay says
there's no reason to think John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch
committed the crime.
McCluskey and Welch have eluded authorities since he and two
other inmates escaped from an Arizona prison July 30. They were
last seen in Montana.
Gay says the Arkansas salon owner who was robbed says
photographs of the couple don't match the couple who were in her
shop. And he says a relative of one of the fugitives no longer
lives in Gentry.
But he says an extensive search is ongoing.


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