After the Pennsylvania border search turned up dry, New York state police responded to a separate possible sighting just 20 miles away from the Clinton Correctional Facility. According to CNN, DNA of the two escaped prisoners has now been found inside a burglarized cabin in the area. A press conference is expected to begin shortly.
According to AP, New York state police are currently searching an area near the Pennsylvania border, roughly 350 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, following reports of a possible sighting of prison escapees David Sweat and Richard Matt. A previously released statement from police revealed that the duo had possibly been spotted one week ago near Steuben County, just east of Allegany County — the sight of the latest reported sighting.
Sweat and Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6 using power tools, a remarkable feat that eventually prompted an investigation which would swiftly result in a corrections officer being placed on administrative leave and the arrest of a civilian employee. According to the New York Times, a local woman was driving in the area and saw two men near the woods adjacent to a railroad track. Upon noticing that they may have been recognized, one of the men reportedly disappeared into the woods while the other quickly pulled a hooded sweatshirt over his face. Furthermore, one of the men had red hair — a distinguishing feature of Sweat.
The downtown area of Friendship, New York is currently "on lockdown."
More to come.