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$20,000 reward offered for Tucson homicide suspects who escaped custody

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:58:37-04

TUCSON, AZ — Federal agents are offering $20,000 for information in a search for two homicide suspects who escaped custody Tuesday.

The Tucson Police Department says Blane and Susan Barksdale were being transported by a private contractor from Henrietta, New York, to Pima County.

Officials say the Barksdales, both in their 50s, overtook two security officers Monday evening in Blanding, Utah, south of Moab.

They are wanted in connection with the murder of 72-year-old Frank Bligh from April 16, 2019 in Tucson. They face charges of first-degree murder, burglary, arson criminal damage and auto theft.

Tucson Police Department says the Barksdales were last seen driving a red GMC Sierra pickup truck with Arizona license plate "127XTY." The vehicle is said to have damage to the front passenger side and rear bumper. They may be driving through Arizona.

Blane has numerous tattoos on his arms and hands.

They are believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached, officials say.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it is offering $10,000 per fugitive for information that leads to their apprehension.

The FBI, US Marshals and Apache County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.

If you see them, contact 911 immediately.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.