Manhunt for Arizona fugitives continues

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GENTRY, Ark. -- Investigators thought they had a new lead in the search for the last remaining Arizona prison escapee and his accomplice, but it turned out to be a dead end.

John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch have been on the run since July 30 and U.S. marshals thought they had a promising lead at a crime scene in Arkansas.

The pair were briefly suspected of robbing a beauty salon in the town of Gentry, Ark. McCluskey and Welch apparently fit the description of the robbery suspects. Marshals were more intrigued when they discovered Welch's mother used to live in Arkansas.

But the robbery victim didn't recognize McCluskey and Welch in a picture.

Fidencio Rivera, the chief deputy U.S. marshal for Arizona, said they are continuing to investigate leads in Arkansas, but the inmates may still be in Montana, or elsewhere.

Authorities have tightened security along the Montana-Canadian border and in small towns near Glacier National Park.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they don't believe the pair have entered Canada.

Authorities have tightened security along the Montana-Canadian border and in small towns near Glacier National Park.

Wherever McCluskey and Welch are investigators think they have changed their appearance. U.S. marshals believe Welch dyed her hair blond and McCluskey has dark hair and a dark beard.

While it is believed McCluskey and Welch continue to drive the 1997 Nissan Sentra (gold, gray or tan in color), they reportedly are experienced "over the road" semitruck drivers. They have been known to utilize full-service truck stops, rest areas and campgrounds and may continue to frequent facilities such as these.

The couple should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.