Po­lice scour ru­ral towns for es­capees

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

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.

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