UPDATE: Escaped inmate Andrew Jeffers has been captured. Click here for an updated article.
UPDATE: Police say Jeffers was last spotted in the woods near Ulysses Borough on Empson Road, wearing a blue shirt and jeans and carrying a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.
COUDERSPORT – The capture of Andrew Jeffers, who escaped the Potter County Prison just before 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon, seems imminent, as police helicopters reportedly have the fugitive surrounded near Ulysses.
A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport told CoudyNews they have located Jeffers in an area near Ulysses, but could not verify his capture at this time.
Police helicopters are reportedly circling the area now.
Officials have not said how Jeffers escaped from the jail, but unconfirmed sources indicate he may have been granted duty as a jail trustee, and was possibly on some type of lunch break when he escaped. However, court records indicate Jeffers has yet to be convicted or sentenced, which would disqualify him from such work details according to jail policy.
CoudyNews will keep you updated as this story progresses.