Cops say that 32 year-old Jeffery Grinder and 39 year-old Calvin Adams ditched their prison issued clothing and changed into guards uniforms, which are made at the prison, just after early evening head count at the Cummins Unit in Grady, AR.
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 was originally going to 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.
It appears that Grinder and Adams had help with their escape because they duo made their way to a 2003 four-door burgundy or maroon Hyundai Sonata, AR plate 595-NYM that had been in the prison parking lot since Thursday.
Grinder has family ties to Baxter County, Arkansas. Sheriff John Montgomery say 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 has father and stepmother live in Thayer, Missouri, which is not far from Baxter County, Arkansas.
Both were spotted in southeast Missouri yesterday (05-30-09) afternoon and are believed to be headed for Minnesota or the Canadian border. Police say the pair are armed and extremely dangerous.
If you see them call 9-1-1 or your state police.
Authorities in Arkansas believe that Grinder and Adams are in the boot heel of Missouri. Tips of sighting of the convicted killers have come in from Hayti and Braggadocio. They say that leads in Arkansas and Texas have not panned out to be the escaped convicts.