Police scour rural towns for escapees
Investigators tracking two murderers who escaped from a maximum- security prison scoured a rural area near the Pennsylvania border, saying an unconfirmed but credible report of a sighting had shifted the search across the state.
About 300 law enforcement officers searched the neighboring towns of Amity and Friendship, where two men who resembled the convicts were spotted Saturday near a railroad line that runs along a county road.
State police called the sighting unconfirmed, but the intense hunt that had focused for two weeks near the Canadian border was quickly expanded to a rural, mountainous area 350 miles away.
The state police, however, said in an evening news release that “a primary focus of the search” is still the area around far northern Dannemora, where David Sweat and Richard Matt used power tools to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.