Investigators said wherever escaped inmates Doni Ray Brown and Timothy Fletcher might be, they are armed and very dangerous.
A nationwide manhunt continued on Thursday for the two convicts who escaped Putnam County Jail early Wednesday morning. Investigators believe they then killed 66-year-old Helen Googe and stole her car.
The woman's death has left her ex-husband, Don Googe, heartbroken. He is Fletcher's grandfather.
Channel 4 reporter Laura Mazzeo talked with Don Googe on Thursday as he tried to find the right words to describe his ex-wife. He said they were close even after their 17-marriage ended.
"She was just a loving person. She loved animals, and she would help anybody. She was just a good person ... I can't believe she's gone," Don Googe said.
His said his ex-wife spent almost four decades working at the tax collector's office at the Putnam County Courthouse.
"She was not one to be scared, and she was feisty as a dickens," Don Googe said.
Since learning about the killing, Don Googe has been glued to the television, hoping for any new information about Helen Googe and his grandson -- Fletcher -- who is one of two jail escapees who detectives said are suspects in Helen Googe's slaying.
"Timothy knew she was by herself, and he knew she had that car," said Don Googe.
Deputies said Fletcher and Brown got away in Fletcher's stepgrandmother's gold Lincoln and drove it to Kentucky, where they said the escapees ditched the Lincoln and took off in a stolen 2003 four-door red Oldsmobile Alero with Kentucky license plate number HPY-796.
Don Googe told Channel 4 he thinks the pair might have stolen five guns and the knife he kept at the victim's home.
"I want to tell him he'd better turn himself in and face what he's done. I don't know how he could do this to me," Don Googe said.
With the woman he loved dead and his grandson on the run, Don Googe said he's facing a tragedy that should never have happened because he believes that Brown and Fletcher, who were co-defendants charged with an armed robbery in 2008, shouldn't have been housed in the same cell.
"It grates on me that they put them in the same cell, and they won't tell me how they got out. There's blunders in that jail. Somebody didn't do their job, and if they'd kept them here, Helen would still be here," said Don Googe.
Anyone who sees the inmates or a vehicle matching the description of the one stolen is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0800 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.