Authorities Searching Through Escapee's Phone In Bedford County

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:13:29-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- There have been new developments in the search for a man who escaped from the Bedford County Courthouse after he was sentenced Tuesday.

Investigators have found his phone, and they're now pouring over the data inside to see if he had any help in his getaway.

The Bedford County Sheriff said 24-year-old Tristan McMahon tried breaking his phone and throwing it away after his sentencing.

Deputies said McMahon was out on bond and came into the courthouse Tuesday to be sentenced for drug and weapons charges. He was sentenced to four years, and was in the middle of being walked down the courthouse stairs with other inmates to a jail transport van when he made his getaway.

He's still nowhere to be seen.

Wednesday, investigators were looking into the possibility that another inmate helped in the escape by distracting the guard. They also think McMahon may have had someone waiting for him in a car outside.

The Bedford County sheriff said if someone else was involved in the escape, they'll be in trouble as well.

"If there's anyone else, it would be aiding and abetting the escape of this prisoner, and it's a serious charge," said Sheriff Austin Swing.

Deputies said if anyone has seen McMahon or knows where he may be, call police. 

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