Fugitive couple’s car found at Kentucky motel
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – The hunt for an escaped
convict and his wife who shot a guard to death outside a
Tennessee courtroom, is now centered around northern Kentucky
and Cincinnati, Ohio, after the couple’s second getaway vehicle
was found on Wednesday at a motel.
George Hyatte and Jennifer Hyatte apparently escaped
capture by minutes, said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation.
“We feel the couple had been there and left minutes
earlier,” Gwyn said. Acting on a tip, U.S. Marshals and local
officers went to an EconoLodge motel in Erlanger, Ky., south of
Cincinnati, and discovered the van.
The motel was evacuated and armed officers entered a motel
room but found it empty.
“We believe they are still in the area,” Gwyn said. “We
believe we are getting closer to making an arrest.”
He did not disclose what was found in the room, but added:
“We believe they are still armed, we have no reason not to.”
Jennifer Hyatte, a former prison nurse, opened fire on
guards escorting her shackled husband from a Tennessee
courthouse on Tuesday. Three bullets struck Tennessee
Department of Corrections guard Wayne “Cotton” Morgan, 56, who
died at a hospital.
Because blood was found in the floorboard of the vehicle in
which the couple sped away from the courthouse, authorities
alerted hospitals, doctors’ offices and drugstores to be on the
lookout for anyone seeking treatment for a gunshot wound or
needing medical supplies that could be used to treat a wound.