Phoenix — An escaped state prison inmate and his fiancee, who have been on the run for weeks amid a nationwide manhunt, were captured Thursday in northeastern Arizona after being spotted at a campground by Forest Service workers, officials told The Associated Press.
Details were sketchy and Arizona authorities scheduled a news briefing late Thursday night to discuss the capture of John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch, who also is the inmate’s cousin.
Sgt. Richard Guinn of the Apache County Sheriff’s Office told the AP that a team of officers arrested McCluskey and Welch on Thursday evening after Forest Service employees spotted the pair and reported them to authorities. Guinn said McCluskey turned when confronted by officers but was immediately put on the ground. He and Welch are now held at the county jail in St. Johns.
“They have been positively identified,” Guinn said.