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Unsolved Prison Escapes Date Back to 1981

Unsolved Prison Escapes Date Back to 1981



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The list of missing inmates includes one man who took off while making a prison milk run and another whose method of escape has been lost to history. Both cases date to the 1980s.

Also, state corrections' Most Wanted list includes 15 parole fugitives who absconded in 2006 and 2005.

Authorities have just added the names of convicted killers Danny Gallegos and Juan Diaz-Arevalo, who made their break from the Daggett County jail on Sunday by scaling a razor-wire fence to a roof where they jumped to freedom.

Authorities spent the week chasing false leads and were still looking for the pair on Saturday, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

The search has drifted from a local highway, where reported sightings were mistaken or fabricated, to Evanston, Wyo., where the men were thought to be holed up at a house -- another tip that didn't pan out.

Officials continue to search hundreds of summer cabins around remote Manila, the county seat 120 miles east of Salt Lake City.

The older escapes at the Utah State Prison have drawn less notice as the years pass by.

In 1985, Lyndal Dale Ritterbush was dispatched to a prison dairy when he abandoned a truck near a barn and walked away through some hay fields. A fellow escaped convict was captured.

Ritterbush, then 40 and serving time for incest and attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, remains at large. He would be 62 now.

Less is known about Robert Leon Jackson, who was in prison for robbery when he escaped in 1981. His case is so old, prison files contain no details on how he escaped. He would be 73 now.

A $500 reward remains in effect for the capture of Ritterbush or Jackson.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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