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No one could say why the three ended up in Colorado, though Niedringhaus offered his own idea.

“They were here because they were running,” he said.

Other fugitives have chosen the Rocky Mountain wilderness for a hideout. Last month, police nabbed a convicted murderer from Florida, 60-year-old Mark Barrett, who was discovered living in a remote cabin in Montrose, Colo., after more than three decades on the run.

And last summer, a prison escapee from Arizona was captured in rural Rifle, Colo.

A Rocky Mountain escape made sense to a handful of locals gathered for pizza and beer at Viktorio’s after the chase. Asked why they thought the fugitives fled here, some just pointed toward snowcapped peaks just to the west.

“It’s as good a place as any to disappear, I guess,” Garcia said.

Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Georgia, Mitch Stacy, Harry Weber and Michael Schneider in Florida, and Dan Elliott, Steven Paulson and Kristen Wyatt in Colorado contributed to this report.