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For Immediate Release

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August 08, 2010 SDUSM Thomas Henman, District of Arizona
(602) 206-3882 cell
Prison Escapees Believed to be in Yellowstone Park Area

Phoenix, AZ – Recent information developed indicates the prison escapees and their accomplice may be in the Yellowstone Park area.

John Charles McCluskey, age 45, Tracy Province, age 42, and Daniel Renwick, age 35, escaped from the Arizona State Prison at Kingman on July 30, 2010. Casslyn Welch, age 43, is believed to have assisted them in the escape. On August 1, 2010, Daniel Renwick was arrested in Rifle, Colorado after a brief car chase and firing a weapon at a pursuing police vehicle.

John McCluskey (Captured) Tracy Province Casslyn Welch (Captured)
John McCluskey Tracy Province Casslyn Welch

Yesterday, information was developed by law enforcement in New Mexico linking the escapees to the murders of an elderly couple at a campground in Santa Rosa. The couple’s camper had been set on fire and was discovered in Santa Rosa while their truck was found abandoned approximately 120 miles away in Albuquerque. Police in New Mexico are investigating the murders.

Also occurring yesterday, Claudia Washburn, age 68, who is the mother of John McCluskey, was arrested at her residence and place of employment at the general store in Jake’s Corner. It is alleged Washburn provided financial and other types of support to aid in the flight of her son, Tracy Province, and Casslyn Welch. Washburn has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Escape, Hindering Prosecution, and Facilitation to Commit Escape. A search warrant was also executed. She is being held on $250,000 bond at the Gila County Jail in Globe, Arizona.

Information developed within the past two days indicated the escapees may be hiding in the Yellowstone Park area within Montana and Wyoming. It is believed Tracy Province has separated from John McCluskey and Cassyln Welch.

These escapees are considered armed and extremely dangerous. The public is encouraged to call their local police or the ASP Kingman Escapees Task Force in Arizona at 602-542-1212. A reward has been offered for information leading to their capture. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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