Federal authorities share new pics of escaped Arizona murder suspects

Federal authorities share new pics of escaped Arizona murder suspects
The Barksdales remain at large as of Saturday night (Source: Photo courtesy: FBI)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say there are no major leads still in the hunt for a fugitive couple accused of murder in Arizona but U.S. Marshals did release new photographs in the search for escaped prisoners, Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59 on Saturday.

These new photos were taken at San Juan County Jail where the fugitives were housed the night before the escape.

“These updated photos of Blane and Susan Barksdale were taken shortly before overpowering the transport team outside of Blanding, Utah,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales. “We are asking for anyone who knows of their whereabouts or sees them to the call the U.S. Marshals Service or 9-1-1 immediately.”

The manhunt for The Barksdales enters a sixth day Sunday.

The FBI, which is leading the search, and other agencies continue to pore over hundreds of tips.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Susan Barksdale faked a medical emergency while riding in a prison transport van in Utah Monday. The couple overpowered the two guards, tied them up and put them in the back of the van with a third uninvolved prisoner.

The Barksdales remain at large as of Saturday night
The Barksdales remain at large as of Saturday night (Source: Photo courtesy: FBI)

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said it suspended its contract with the transportation company that allowed the escape to happen.

Once the group arrived outside of St. Johns, Arizona, the couple switched to a friend’s red GMC Sierra pickup (license plate AZ: 127XTY) with damage to the front passenger side and rear bumper.

The Barksdales were being extradited from upstate New York, where they were arrested in May.

Blane and Susan Barksdale are believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. A reward is being offered of up to $10,000 (per fugitive) for information leading to their arrest.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.