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Authorities Track Remaining Convicts

January 24, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Authorities said Tuesday the two escaped convicts still on the run after the Texas prison break may have stolen another vehicle after they abandoned their van in a motel parking lot.

Patrick Murphy Jr., a 39-year-old convicted rapist, and Donald Newbury, a 38-year-old convicted armed robber, remained at large after the arrest of four fellow convicts and the suicide of a fifth in Woodland Park Monday.

Authorities said Murphy and Newbury apparently left Woodland Park before police set up surveillance early Monday morning at a trailer park where the convicts had lived since Jan. 1.

The four inmates in custody told police Murphy and Newbury went out for more money, authorities said.

An older van police believe the pair drove was found Tuesday morning in a motel parking lot in Colorado Springs, about 20 miles from Woodland Park.

As a precaution, 12 schools in the area were shut down, and officers checked hotels for the suspects.

``It’s just as likely that they could have had either access to another vehicle or stole another vehicle and left the area,″ Colorado Springs police Lt. Skip Arms said.

Teller County Sheriff Frank Fehn said Colorado Springs police had six reports of stolen vehicles within 24 hours of finding the van, but none near where the van was found.

The van contained duffel bags, maps and hair coloring, authorities said. Officers found three Polaroid pictures in the van, two of them of convicts in custody. Arms said it appeared the inmates were trying to make false IDs.

Mark Mershon, FBI agent in charge of Colorado, said the men may have a friend or relative helping them.

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