Arizona escapee, female accomplice captured after weeks on the run

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(WOIO) - An escaped Arizona inmate and his female accomplice were arrested in eastern Arizona on Thursday.

Authorities say John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch were captured near Springerville, west of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

David Gonzalez of the U.S. Marshals says a forest service worker at a campground in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest spotted two people matching the description of the fugitives and called authorities.

Authorities gathered a team and took McCluskey and Welch into custody.

Welch is accused of helping McCluskey and two other inmates escape from a privately-operated prison in Kingman, Arizona on July 30. The other two inmates were later arrested. McCluskey and Welch have been on the run.

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