As the surviving Boston bombing suspect lay in a prison hospital bed, investigators 90 miles away spent Friday combing a dump for his laptop and other clues that could shed light on the young men purportedly behind the bloody attack, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.
Information from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev himself spurred authorities to look through the New Bedford, Massachusetts, landfill, the official told CNN's Susan Candiotti. Others who may have knowledge of the computer's whereabouts or may have played a role in disposing of it also provided leads that led to the search, according to a U.S. law enforcement official close to the Boston investigation.
The 19-year-old Tsarnaev went to school -- at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth -- in town adjacent to New Bedford, and he was spotted in his dorm room there in the days after the April 15 twin blasts that left three dead.
Tsarnaev has not given investigators any substantive information since officials informed him of his constitutional rights prior to charging him with use of and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, the source said Friday.
But the the source described the earlier bedside questioning -- which took place in two rounds during parts of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, New York police Commissioner Ray Kelly had said -- as "very thorough" and said investigators do not feel hamstrung.
These first interviews took place at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been held since his capture a week ago.
Beth Israel is one of several hospitals that treated the more than 260 people injured in the Boston Marathon attack allegedly pulled off by Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan. Some 30 of them remained hospitalized late Friday afternoon, including one in critical condition, according to a CNN tally.
In recent days, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has improved enough that he'd been able to sit and was writing, a law enforcement official said.
At 3:30 a.m., the official said, he was transferred from Beth Israel to Federal Medical Center Devens some 40 miles away.
The federal Bureau of Prisons hospital, located on the grounds of the former Fort Devens U.S. military base, is designed for patients requiring ongoing medical care, according to the facility's website.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head, neck, legs and hand when he was captured April 19 after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, according to the criminal complaint accusing him in the marathon blasts. His 26-year-old brother died after a gunfight hours earlier.
Despite vow, suspects' father still in Russia
The suspects' parents, meanwhile, are in Russia. Their mother Zubeidat Tsarnaev told CNN on Friday that she and her husband had left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia.
The brothers' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, had said he'd planned to travel to the United States. But that trip has been delayed indefinitely for health reasons, Zubeidat Tsarnaev told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh. She wouldn't elaborate.
The mother will not be flying to the United States, where she is wanted on felony charges of shoplifting and destruction of property.
The family lived in Massachusetts before Zubeidat Tsarnaev jumped bail after her arrest on the charges in 2012. The parents moved to Dagestan, a semiautonomous republic in southern Russia that year.
Russian authorities raised concerns in 2011 to U.S. authorities about Zubeidat and her son Tamerlan, sources told CNN. They asked both the FBI and CIA, separately, about Tamerlan, source said.
But a U.S. official said that the Russian's case at the time was "thin," though U.S. authorities did add both their names to the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, database -- which includes over a half million names -- an intelligence official said. Even so, U.S. authorities have come under fire at home, with lawmakers asking if the FBI and CIA failed to share information.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Zubeidat Tsarnaev said she didn't want to accept the reality of the bombing, saying it was fake. She said she has seen a video pushing the wild idea, and that there was no blood, that paint was used instead.
Nonetheless, she broke down when she spoke of the victims.
"I really feel sorry for all of them. Really feel sorry for all of them," she said, her voice cracking even as she remained resolute that her sons were not involved.
Putin regrets Russia couldn't give U.S. more info
While insisting Russian and U.S. authorities often work together, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that -- though authorities in Washington were tipped off, to some extent -- he wished they could have done something more that might have prevented the Boston attack.
"The Russian (authorities), to my great regret, were not able to provide our American colleagues with information that would have operative significance," Putin said.
In his first on-camera comments since the bombing, the Russian leader added he hoped that the bombings might spur more cooperation between the two nations.