Po­lice fol­low es­capee leads

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Katie Shep­herd katie.shep­herd@latimes.com

New York State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­con­firmed re­ports that two killers who es­caped from a max­i­mum­se­cu­rity prison were trav­el­ing by foot near the New York-Penn­syl­va­nia bor­der.

Of­fi­cials were search­ing a con­struc­tion site inthe town of Er­win, ex­plor­ing a rail­road line that runs through Al­le­gany County and in­ter­view­ing res­i­dents in sev­eral coun­ties along the states’ bor­der, ac­cord­ing to the State Po­lice.

Res­i­dents called the po­lice af­ter spot­ting two men who looked like Richard Matt and David Sweat, in­mates who were dis­cov­ered miss­ing on June 6.

All the pos­si­ble sight­ings oc­curred in up­state New York. The first re­port, of two men walk­ing near a rail yard in Er­win, came June13.

A day later another wit­ness re­ported see­ing Matt and Sweat walk­ing to­ward the Penn­syl­va­nia bor­der along County Route 115 in the town of Lind­ley.

It is un­clear why po­lice waited a week to share the in­for­ma­tion.

A third per­son called po­lice Satur­day af­ter see­ing two men on a rail­road track in Friend­ship.

The po­lice found sur­veil­lance video of the men, but could not con­firm whether they were Matt and Sweat, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Of­fi­cials sent the video to Albany, where in­ves­ti­ga­tors will at­tempt to iden­tify the men.

State po­lice con­ducted in­ter­views in Er­win and Lind­ley over the last week, seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion to ver­ify the sight­ings. Although of­fi­cials have yet to con­firm the es­capees were in the area, they asked peo­ple who live nearby to be alert.

Matt and Sweat cut through their cell walls with power tools to flee the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dan­nemora, N.Y.

Matt, 48, was serv­ing a life sen­tence for tor­tur­ing, killing and dis­mem­ber­ing his for­mer boss. Sweat, 35, was also sen­tenced to life with­out pa­role, for killing a Broome County sher­iff ’s deputy af­ter he was caught traf­fick­ing weapons.

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