September 20, 2014
The search for two escaped killers suffered a setback today when a key witness confessed he lied about being solicited for a ride earlier this week.
Authorities say other witnesses who reported seeing the inmates
along the same stretch of Utah highway were mistaken.
They were believed to have spotted hunters or other people.
The search, however, was shifting to "promising" leads developed today by U.S. marshals.
Sheriff's Detective Dick Blust says the key witness, a 27-year-old Vernal man, faces criminal charges for making up a bogus sighting.
The man said he was solicited for a ride at a rest stop along Utah Route 191 on Tuesday.
The rest stop is about 35 miles north of the Daggett County jail, where the two inmates broke out Sunday.