His plan may have been to rendezvous with the convoy outside of Libya.
The Libyan official in charge of the manhunt for Muammar Qaddafi says that the deposed leader was tracked heading south and may be bound for Burkina Faso, which offered to shelter Mr. Qaddafi in the past, Reuters reports.
Burkina Faso denies that it has any plans to provide refuge for Qaddafi.
On Tuesday, a convoy carrying former Libyan government officials and aides to Qaddafi entered Niger, south of Libya, but Nigerien officials denied that the former leader was in the convoy. However, Hisham Buhagiar, who is coordinating efforts to locate Qaddafi, says that they suspect Qaddafi is in a town near the border. A French official told Reuters that he believed Qaddafi planned to "rendezvous" with the convoy, likely in the Sahara Desert.