An aerial police search has led to the recapture of two violent prison inmates who escaped from a security van at Geraldton Airport in mid-west WA.
Cameron John Graham, 22, and Kelden Edward Fraser, 23, were captured at 1.10am this morning after police used a plane to find their bush camp in the Mullewa area, near Geraldton.
Acting Insp. Tony Longhorn said the escapees were arrested at the bush camp after police searched a large area of bushland near where the stolen 4WD was found.
“As a result of an extensive and intensive search of that bushland area, at about 1am last night we identified what appeared to be a camp fire,” he said.
Police officers in an aeroplane spotted the fire and directed other officers on the ground to the area.
“They lit a fire which is a bit of a beacon,” he said.
Heavily armed tactical response group officers, wearing night vision goggles, were sent to the area and the two escapees were apprehended without incident.
Acting Insp. Longhorn said it was a great result and the pair was returned immediately to Greenough prison.
“They are both unpredictable and potentially violent,” he said.
“It’s a great result to get them back in custody within 36 hours, I suppose we were able to reduce any potential offending or harm to the community.”
About 100 police officers were involved in the search for the pair.
They had been on the run since escaping while being transferred from Geraldton Prison to Perth at 1pm on Friday.
They allegedly stole a car that was chased by police on the Great Northern Highway.
Graham was last year jailed for 11 years after breaking into a woman's home in Perth, threatening to murder her sleeping children and then raping her. He then forced her to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash.