Jail guard named by escapees commits suicide

(AP) - A jail guard who was named in a note left by two escapees has apparently committed suicide.

A union leader says Corrections Officers Rudolph Zurick was found dead at his home in Middlesex County.

The 40-year-old Zurick was to be interviewed Wednesday about the escape from the Union County Jail. His death was first reported on the Web site of the Star-Ledger of Newark.

Prisoners Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa have been at large since Dec. 15 after burrowing through a cinderblock wall, jumping onto a roof and climbing over a 25-foot fence topped with barbed wire.

The inmates used photos of bikini-clad women to hide holes they used to escape and left behind a thank-you note for a guard they claimed helped them.

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