And Sam kept speaking about Ashley in past tense. He said Big Al is dead too now. 😯
Thought the same thing!
I think talking about Ashley in the past tense just means that after this much time, the odds of finding her alive are pretty slim. Maybe that's how they cope.
I think given the evidence found and the police calls regarding a wounded Leo walking along the road near St Mary's with a injury to his heart, its clear that Leo is most likely no longer alive. The cabin that was discovered also showed evidence of an apparent injury and Leo's bloodied clothing were identified there.
Why would Ashley randomly ask about a cabin and how the hell to get there. Also, Tanisha knows more about Paul I think, but for one reason or another I really think she is scared.