Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office.

The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon.

Salas, 21, is a convicted murderer and McClendon is a murder suspect who was awaiting trial at the time of the escape.

Crime Stoppers is also offering $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of Michael England, 29, and $1,000 for Louis Chavez, 19, the release said.

The four were among eight who escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center Aug. 24 by shimmying up plumbing pipes and cutting a hole in the roof.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday law enforcement has received upwards of 100 local tips on the escapees.

Efforts to find the four have not diminished with the passage of time, he said.

At 8 p.m. today the Fox television show America’s Most Wanted plans to air a segment on the escape.

Chandler said law enforcement is hopeful the show may generate more leads in the case.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller said local response teams have been created and will be on standby during the airing of the show to follow up on any tips received.

“We will be on standby tomorow for that,” he said.

On TV: The story of the escape and the case against convicted killer Edward Salas is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Fox network show “America’s Most Wanted.”

Fox airs on KASA channel 2 in New Mexico, KCIT channel 14 in Amarillo or KJTV channel 34 in Lubbock.

To read an AMW Internet story on the escape, visit:

Anyone with information on the escapees can contact Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000 or call the “Americas Most Wanted” Hotline at 1-800-Crime-TV. All callers will remain anonymous.