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Escape raises questions about overcrowded jail

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MONTAGUE, Texas (AP) — The escape of two convicted killers and two murder suspects raised questions about security and overcrowding at the jail where they overpowered guards with a makeshift knife and set off a massive manhunt.

More than 200 officers from the FBI, Texas Rangers and local jurisdictions have been searching by land and air for the four fugitives, two of whom had been serving life sentences for killing a teenage girl.

All four were still on the run Wednesday morning.

"There's no question in my mind they'll arm themselves at the first opportunity," Montague County District Attorney Tim Cole said. "The two men with life sentences just have absolutely nothing to lose."

The Montague County Jail has been uncertified since October for being overpopulated and understaffed, according to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.