Escaped Ariz. inmate, fiancée captured
PHOENIX — An escaped convict and his female companion have been apprehended at an eastern Arizona campground in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, authorities said last night.
Sergeant Richard Guinn of the Apache County sheriff’s office said a team of officers arrested John McCluskey and his fiancée, Casslyn Welch, yesterday evening after Forest Service employees spotted the pair.
Arizona Corrections Department officials said Welch helped McCluskey, who is also her cousin, and inmates Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick escape July 30 from a private prison facility near Kingman by cutting through a fence.
Renwick was recaptured in Rifle, Colo., on Aug. 1, and Province was found in Meeteetse, Wyo., on Aug. 9.
Renwick and Province were serving time for murder. McCluskey was serving a 15-year prison term for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and discharge of a firearm.
Province, McCluskey, and Welch have been linked to the slayings of Greg and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., whose burned bodies were found in a trailer Aug. 4 in New Mexico.