| News |

Escaped Arizona Prison Inmate Busted; Second Escapee and Fiancee/Cousin Still on the Loose

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Officials at the Arizona Department of Corrections confirmed this morning that one of the two Arizona prison inmates, who escaped from a privately run prison near Kingman on July 30, has been captured.

Corrections officials announced this morning that Tracy Province, a convicted murderer, was arrested in northern Wyoming this morning, just 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park, where the escapees were believed to be hiding.

At the time he was arrested, authorities say Province had a handgun in his possession.

The other inmate, John McCluskey, serving time for the attempted murder of a cop, as well as his suspected accomplice -- and fiancee -- Casslyn Welch, are still on the loose.

Last week, corrections authorities announced they believed the two men were headed east. While Province was nabbed north of Arizona, it seems those authorities were correct.

On Saturday, investigators announced the three were possibly linked to a double murder in New Mexico. The victims in the murder, Linda and Gary Haas -- both 61 and from Tecumseh, Oklahoma -- were found burned to death in their camper in a remote section of eastern New Mexico.

The Haas' truck was found nearly 100 miles away in Albuquerque.

It's unclear what led investigators to believe the escapees committed the murder.

McCluskey and Welch are still on the loose doin' their best Bonny and Clyde impression. Their relationship is slightly less romantic, though: we hear from a few sources that the two lovebirds are (kissing) cousins.

Anyone with info on the whereabouts of the duo is asked to call 911 or the Arizona Department of Corrections at 602-542-1212.  

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.