Man­hunt fo­cuses on up­state area

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Chris­tine Mai- Duc

The fo­cus of an in­tense man­hunt for two es­caped mur­der­ers has shifted back to up­state New York, with po­lice say­ing that Richard Matt and David Sweat may have spent time in a cabin about 20 miles from the max­i­mum- se­cu­rity prison they f led more than two weeks ago.

A re­ported bur­glary near the Franklin County ham­let of Owl’s Head, about 20 miles from the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dan­nemora, led po­lice to re­fo­cus search ef­forts there, New York State Po­lice Maj. Charles Guess said.

Author­i­ties were not ready to re­lease in­for­ma­tion about pos­si­ble DNA ev­i­dence link­ing Matt and Sweat to the bur­glary, he said.

“This is a con­firmed lead for us,” Guess said. “We’re go­ing to run this to the ground.”

Matt, 48, and Sweat, 35, were dis­cov­ered miss­ing June 6.

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