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State and federal: How officials worked together to solve the case, find the fugitives

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Dubose and Rowe have been captured. (Credit: FOX 28)

The escape and capture of two Georgia inmates, thought to have killed two officers, has brought attention to how state and federal agencies must work together to solve cases.

Before Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were caught Thursday night, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had increased the reward for information leading to their capture to $130,000.

Spokesperson for the GBI, Nelly Miles, says GBI had been assisting the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office since the two men escaped.

“The GBI has been playing an active role in this investigation,” said Miles.

The resources deployed by the GBI were just one more piece in an intense manhunt that lasted three days.

“We have dedicated three crime scene specialists to conduct the processing of the crime scene. Fifteen to 20 GBI agents that have been working 12-hour shifts, and that entails essentially every single lead that comes in running those leads down,” said Miles.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office was the lead agency for some time, however multiple agencies were involved, including the FBI, ATF, and ultimately Tennessee authorities.

Miles say it was a collective effort that enabled officials to track down the fugitives

”GCIC or the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Unit--they have been working very hard around the clock as well to collect information from all of the tips that have been generated,” said Miles.

Chris Quick is a retired FBI agent. Thursday afternoon, he said it was only a matter of time before Dubose and Rowe are caught.

“The one thing the FBI brings to the table is technology. They are going to reach out to relatives of these people former associates and eventually they are going to be on the move and that's when someone is going to notice something or they are going to make mistakes,” said Quick.

Dubose and Rowe were caught just before 8 p.m. Thursday night after a car chase in Christiana, Tennessee.