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Escaped Inmate on Facebook: "I'm on a spiritual pilgrimage"

By KBOI Web Staff 

An inmate who officials say escaped the Payette County Jail last month is apparently staying active on Facebook.

Police have been looking for Nicholas Grove, who they say was spotted on video escaping from the jail's recreation yard on the morning of Aug. 26.

"Scared shi***** is climbing through razor wire, running through fields of broken glass and goat heads in nothing but socks while three counties of people who want to shoot you are chasing after you then leaving without even the clothes on your back to a place you've never been with 100$ in your pocket," a Facebook page believed to belong to Grove says.

We looked at the page with Neal Custer, the president and CEO of Reveal Digital Forensics and Security.

Custer said by merely looking at the Facebook page, "There's just no way of telling anything about where he is."

Most of the account's information is private. But even when it comes to trying to track down where someonne may be be posting from by tracing posts back to a Wi-Fi signal, Custer says law enforcement runs into issues.

"The IP address would have to be supplied by Facebook, that could tell who or what IP address was used to do a particular post," Custer explained. "But a person could use a free Wi-Fi virtually any place."

That makes it nearly impossible to track a criminal down through the posts. But Custer says some other posts on the page by friends could help detectives.

The Payette County Sheriff's Office told KBOI 2News that detectives are aware of the page and are monitoring his usage.

Grove wrote on Facebook on Sunday that he's been getting help avoiding police.

"I've had more help from total strangers than any of my "friends" or family," Grove wrote.

Many of his Facebook friends wrote comments on his page telling him to stay strong and that they love him.

"Nick just know you have people that do care!! And I am glad people are helping you, just please be safe!!"

Grove had been in jail since Aug. 15 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of burglary tools and an invalid license. The Ontario resident also took a shot at the local news media.

"(And) whatever the news says, I'm not a piece of shi*. I'm on a spiritual [pilgrimage]."

One Facebook friend, however, is encouraging the suspect to turn himself into authorities.

"Man up cousin and (handle) your business so you can put this all behind you," she wrote.

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