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US hunt for escaped killers shifts after possible sighting

Manhunt for escaped NY killers shifts after possible sighting near Pennsylvania border

US hunt for escaped killers shifts after possible sighting

FRIENDSHIP, New York (AP) -- The search for two convicted killers in New York shifted after possible sightings in the southern part of the state, hundreds of miles from the prison where the men escaped two weeks ago.

State police spokesman Beau Duffy said Saturday that officers are investigating the possible sighting of the prisoners in Allegany County, near the Pennsylvania border.

David Sweat and Richard Matt used power tools to escape June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

Authorities say two men fitting the description of Sweat and Matt had been seen a week ago in Steuben County, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of the area searched Saturday into Sunday.

A prison worker has been charged in the escape and a corrections officer placed on leave.


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:12 GMT+08:00