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Border security tightened in search for fugitive

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities are focusing their search for an escaped Arizona convict and his suspected accomplice on both sides of the Montana-Canada border.

Border agents are stopping vehicles leaving the U.S. and police are beefing up their patrols in small towns near Glacier National Park. But a Glacier County undersheriff says there are many backroads and other ways for Arizona escapee John McCluskey and his suspected accomplice, Casslyn Welch, to slip across the border and into Canada.

There have been numerous reports of sightings on both sides of the border but a U.S. marshal in Arizona says the last confirmed sighting of McCluskey and Welch together was Friday in Billings, Mont., and that wasn't confirmed until Monday.

When he escaped with two other inmates, McCluskey was serving a 15-year prison term for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm.

The other two escapees are in custody.

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