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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Border agents stopped vehicles leaving the U.S. and police beefed up their patrols in the small towns near Glacier National Park as authorities focused their search for an escaped convict and his suspected accomplice on both sides of the Montana-Canada border.
Despite the tightened security, 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, Glacier County Undersheriff Jeff Fauque said.
"There are no border sensors, no border patrolmen or (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers around," Fauque said. "It's definitely possible for somebody to enter Canada undetected."
Authorities at Montana border crossings have started checking cars headed into Canada, scanning the faces of the occupants to see whether they match the description of the fugitives, who apparently have dyed their hair to try to disguise themselves.
"We're doing outbound checks at ports of entry to ensure any fugitive is unable to utilize that avenue of escape," U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Mike Milne said late Tuesday.
A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter joined the search Tuesday, but authorities on both sides of the border acknowledged it was impossible to completely secure it.
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