Two Briscoe Unit escapees still at large

April 9, 2010 4:33:13 AM PDT
Texas prison authorities have opened an internal investigation over how two inmates fled by cutting a fence at the Briscoe Unit in Frio County. A fugitive watch online site associated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice indicated both Mexican nationals were still on the lam Friday. A spokeswoman for the prison system did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

Jose Bustos-Diaz and Octavio Ramos Lopez turned up missing Tuesday.

TDCJ Inspector General John Moriarty says so far there is no indication of collusion by any prison employees. He says officials are trying to "build a case against anyone that's helped them" from the outside.

Bustos-Diaz was serving 35 years for murder in Harris County.

Lopez was convicted in Hidalgo County, serving 20 years for aggravated kidnapping and 12 years for drug counts.


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