Interpol helps in search for escaped US inmate

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PARIS (AP) -- Interpol has issued an international alert for an escaped convict from Arizona and his suspected accomplice on a request from U.S. authorities, the international police organization said Wednesday.

The so-called orange notice, issued when an act or event poses a risk to public safety, is being sent to Interpol's 188 members around the world, enlarging the search for escapee John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch, his reported accomplice and fiancee.

U.S. authorities furnished identifying information, including as photographs and tattoos.

The alert "increases the chances that these two dangerous fugitives will be located and captured," said the Lyon, France-based organization's head of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin. He urged anyone who spots the pair "not to approach them but instead to immediately report any sightings to their local police."

The two have been the object of a search that has ranged from Arizona to Montana and, most recently, Arkansas, where two people reportedly resembling them were spotted Wednesday. However, there have been suspicions they might try to cross into Canada.

McCluskey was serving a 15-year prison term for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm. He escaped July 30 from the Arizona State Prison. Two other escapees have been caught.

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