Salas remains at large 38 months later

Kevin Wilson

The most recent escapee from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was captured a little more than 18 hours after he slipped out the exit.

Authorities have not been so successful with the jail’s most famous escapee. Edward Salas has been on the loose for more than 38 months.

Authorities believe Salas, 27, is somewhere in the United States — just not in Curry County or New Mexico, where he was convicted in April 2008 of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.

On Aug. 24, 2008, Salas and seven other inmates stole a key and shimmied up a pipe in a jail escape that put Clovis in the national spotlight. Salas is the only one who has not been recaptured.

Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the sheriff’s office doesn’t receive as many tips about Salas as it did during first airings of “America’s Most Wanted” episodes featuring Salas in 2009, but the trail isn’t cold.

“We still do receive an occasional tip with information and possible sightings,” Waller said, “and we do follow up on all of those.”

Officials insist they’re still actively pursuing Salas, but will not comment on which area of the country they think he could be hiding in. They also will not comment on whether he could be with Noe Torres, who is also accused in the Perez boy’s slaying but has eluded capture and not been tried.

“It’s still very open and active,” Waller said. “We are constantly in cooperation with federal law enforcement authorities.”