WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) _ A van used by two Texas prison escapees to flee this mountain town was abandoned in a motel parking lot about 20 miles southeast in Colorado Springs, authorities said Tuesday.

Police officers surrounded the four-story Quality Inn, but there was no sign of the inmates, said police spokesman Skip Arms.

``This is, in fact, the van we've been looking for,'' Arms said as he stood in the parking lot. ``We're checking in local hotels attempting to locate the two fugitives.''