The FBI has officially joined the search for two convicted murderers who escaped from a bus July 1 while returning to the Baltimore City Correctional Center from a work-release program.
Bobby R. Gillham, special agent-in-charge of the Baltimore office of the FBI, said the bureau officially entered the search Tuesday for Levi Arthur Hudson, 48, and George Edward Jolly, 57, when the city police fugitive squad developed information that both escapees may have left the state.
Gillham said federal fugitive warrants were issued July 9 for the arrest of both men and that FBI offices across the country have been alerted.
City police said Hudson was serving a life plus 20-year term for a double murder in 1968; and Jolly was serving a life term for a murder he committed in 1973.
Both men escaped about 2:30 p.m. July 1 when the bus, which was returning to the center from a work-release program at the House of Correction in Jessup, stopped at a traffic light a few blocks from the correctional center, which is in the 900 block of Greenmount Ave.
The men opened an unlocked rear door and escaped.
Correctional officials said both men had good records while in prison and were considered minimum risks for escape.
Anyone with knowledge of the men's whereabouts is urged to call the FBI at 265-8080 or the city police fugitive squad at 396-2484.