Jeffery Grinder (l.) 32; Calvin Adams, 39


US Marshals have joined in the search for two escaped murderers from a prison unit near Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Associated Press is reporting that an Arkansas Correction Department spokeswoman has confirmed that Jeffery Grinder and Calvin Adams have been spotted near Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Calvin Adams (a.) was reportedly spotted by a witness talking to a male relative about 11 this morning (06-01-09) in Fennville, Michigan which is about an hour west of Kalamazoo. Tracking dogs picked up Admas scent in a wooded area and tracked it to a paved road but lost it there.


Cops have been watching Adamses mother's house in Fennville, Michigan hoping for a lucky break to capture the two. Prison officials believe that Grinder and Adams are still on the run together.
Witnesses reported seeing Grinder and Adams near Hayti and Bragadoccio in Missouri's Bootheel Saturday.

While the search for the escapees continues, five prison guards have been placed on unpaid administrative leave while Arkansas authorities try to piece together how two murderers escaped disguised as corrections officers from the Cummins Unit in Grady. Governor Mike Beebe called the escape, "inexcusable."


The prison spokeswoman declined to name the five guards who have been placed on leave, but Dina Tyler said that they were guarding the entry and exit points of the prison.

Just after early evening count at 6 p.m. Friday evening Jeffery Grinder and Calvin Adams walked into the library in prison issued inmate clothing. A prison spokesperson says that Grinder and Adams were caught by surveillance cameras changing into the guard uniforms in the library.

About twenty minutes later cameras caught the duo exiting the prison at shift change. The convicted capital murderers had at least a three hour jump on authorities who didn't discover the duo missing until head count at 10 p.m.

Prison Guard and law enforcement uniforms along with prisoner clothing are made at the maximum security Cummins Unit where death row executions are carried out.

Authorities believe the escapees had help in their getaway because they made their way to a maroon or burgundy Hyundai Sonata that had been at the prison since Thursday.


Grinder pleaded guilty in 2004 to kicking in the door of 77 year-old widower Pat Gardener. He robbed Gardner and beat him to death with a dry wall hammer on September 2, 2003. The elderly man couldn't even defend himself as he was asleep on the couch without his hearing aid in his rural Springdale home.

Grinder has family ties to Baxter County, Arkansas. Sheriff John Montgomery says that Grinder has made implied threats to two people in Baxter County and another person in Marion County, Arkansas. Marion County adjoins Baxter County to the west.

Sheriff Montgomery says that, "those individuals have been notified, and precautions for their safety have been put in place."

Adams father lives in Thayer, Missouri, which is not far from Baxter County, Arkansas.

In 1994 Adams (a.) was 24 when he kidnapped 25 year-old Richard "Richie" Austin and his pregnant wife, Cassandra. Austin was a vice-president at Leachville State Bank.

Adams plan was to originally force Austin to open the bank's vault, but when he found out the vault was opened by time release he decided to kill the couple instead.

Adams drove the Austin's to a remote levee just east of Leachville where he shot Richard three times in the head. Cassandra was shot in the head and arm but managed to get up and stumble to a farmhouse that was over a mile away for help.

Police say the pair are armed and extremely dangerous. If you see them call 9-1-1 or your state police.

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