Search for Arizona fugitive, fiancee focuses on Montana, southwest Canada

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Search for Ariz. fugitive focuses on Mont., Canada

CODY, Wyo. — Authorities say they’re searching western Montana and southwestern Canada for an Arizona fugitive and his suspected accomplice.

U.S. Marshals say there have been reports of sightings Monday of the accomplice, Casslyn Welch, at a restaurant near Montana’s Glacier National Park and in southwestern Canada.

There were multiple other tips from the Glacier area, but authorities aren’t saying if they included sightings of the escaped convict, John McCluskey.

Marshals also say they’re pursuing leads in Indiana and Pennsylvania, where the fugitives have family and connections. They promise more arrests of suspected accomplices.

Meanwhile, another prisoner who escaped with McCluskey waived his right to fight extradition to Arizona.

Tracy Province appeared in a Cody, Wyo., courtroom Tuesday, one day after he was captured.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The escaped Arizona prisoner captured in northwestern Wyoming has waived his right to fight extradition to Arizona.

Tracy Province appeared in a court in Cody on Tuesday morning, one day after he was caught in Meeteetse. He was in handcuffs and leg irons and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.

Judge Bruce Waters told Province he has the right to fight extradition, but Province told him he waived that right and then signed a waiver form.

Meanwhile, authorities searching western Montana and southwest Canada for another Arizona escapee and his suspected female accomplice. A border patrol helicopter plans to join the search Tuesday for John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch.

U.S. Marshals say they expect more arrests Tuesday of people accused of helping the pair.

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