Arizona Escapees Caught at Campground

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The three-week nationwide manhunt for an Arizona fugitive and his fiancee ended Thursday when they were captured.

John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch were arrested Thursday at an Arizona campsite. Welch allegedly helped McCluskey and two other inmates escape from a private prison in northern Arizona on July 31.

The other escapees, Daniel Renwick was apprehended in Colorado and Tracy Province was captured in Wyoming.

McCluskey and Welch remained on the run and the trail had gone cold. Then an alert park ranger at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the eastern part of Arizona spotted the pair's stolen car hidden in the trees.

McCluskey was arrested without incident. He was found in a sleeping bag outside of a tent.

Officials said Welch was prepared to have a shoot out with authorities, but quickly gave up when she was confronted by the SWAT team's overwhelming firepower.

"Cassie Welch had a firearm in the small of her back," said David Gonzales of the U.S. Marshal's Service. "She attempted to go for the firearm, but as she pulled it out the SWAT officers obviously had her. Their guns trained on her and she dropped the weapon. I think all of us here were convinced that this was going to go into a bloody shoot out."

Authorities have linked McCluskey and Welch to the slayings of Greg and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., whose burned bodies were found in a travel trailer Aug. 4 on a remote ranch near Santa Rosa, N.M. They had been traveling to Colorado on an annual camping trip.

Officials said the stolen car found Thursday at the Arizona campsite had New Mexico license plates stolen around the time the Haases were killed.

Law enforcement officials will spend Friday going over the couple's campsite, looking for any evidence that might link them to any other crimes.

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