The Department of Corrections said Rowe has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015. A Georgia sheriff said officers were "desperate". Dubose and Rowe were being taken from the Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Deal has vowed to organize every state resource necessary to capture two inmates from custody.
CORRECTS SOURCE TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN SIGNOFF- This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections Tuesday, June 13, 2017, shows inmate Ricky Dubose.
Two Baldwin State Prison inmates that overpowered a pair of corrections officers on a prison transport bus Tuesday in Putnam County remained the focus of a nationwide manhunt Wednesday.
"I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that's what I saw", Sills said. "They're not concerned with anything regarding human life", Sills told Elliot Wednesday.
Armed with the officers'.40-caliber Glocks, Rowe and Dubose stopped the first passerby and stole that individual's vehicle, which is described as a 2004 grass-green Honda Civic with the license plate RBJ-6601.
"Obviously, we think they may well be in the truck at this time".
Sills, who called the prisoners "dangerous beyond description" after their Tuesday sunrise escape, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the fugitives were likely no longer in the area.
"It's a possibility they split up", Sills said, calling them "dangerous criminals".
Authorities put up roadblocks, only to discover Wednesday morning that the pickup had been stolen, from a site about 9 miles away from the burglary.
Authorities said the duo are now in white, 2008 Ford F-250, BCX 5372, standard cab with a dent in the right rear quarter panel and tool boxes down both sides.
They originally carjacked a Honda.
"This black stripe, it's been on this badge more in the past year than ever before", Sheriff Sills said Thursday, fighting back tears. "We are looking for them anywhere they might be on planet Earth". He appears to have a crown tattooed above his right eyebrow and writing above his left eyebrow and on his neck.
Rowe, a repeat offender now serving life without parole, was imprisoned after being convicted on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Rowe, who is 6 feet 1 inches tall and 181 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair, was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.
"Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family, and our priority is to locate these fugitives and bring them to justice for this heinous act against those working to protect the public", Gregory Dozier, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, said in a statement. He wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison immediately prior to the escape.