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(Ft. Madison)—- Inmates at the Iowa state Penitentiary and Clinical Care Unit in Fort Madison are being restricted in their movements after officials discovered some suspicious items.

The Department of Corrections officials say they found a 17 foot rope and a bottle with an unknown substance Monday during a routine search of an upper cell house. They later discovered a 10 foot rope and another unknown substance.

The restriction means inmates at the facility will be mostly limited to their cells, including for meals.

The ropes were fashioned with braided sheets and other items including blankets, gloves, and sand paper.  Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta says the materials indicate there may have been plans to an attempt to escape from the penitentiary, but nothing has been reported.