3 Escapees Cornered by Posse Drown in Mississippi River

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Three fugitives trapped in a swamp by a posse drowned when trying to swim the treacherous Mississippi River to a well-lighted steam plant that they may have mistaken for a city, authorities said Tuesday.

The bodies of the men, two of them life-termers, were found by a fisherman and pulled from the river near New Madrid, Mo., early Tuesday.

They escaped from the Lake County Regional Correctional Facility Thursday night by using a homemade metal instrument to cut through the roof of the gym while a guard was busy with other inmates.

A posse, some members on horseback and others using tracking dogs, cornered the fugitives in woods near the river.

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