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Possible Sighting Causes Shift in Manhunt for Killers

  • Associated Press

FILE - New York State Police photos show inmates David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt, who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., June 6, 2015.

FILE - New York State Police photos show inmates David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt, who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., June 6, 2015.

State police have moved their manhunt for two convicted murderers to an area west of the New York prison from which they boldly escaped more than two weeks ago, as officers begin investigating the latest sighting.

Investigators and military trucks converged on Mountain View, a hamlet in Franklin County, late Sunday. Just hours before hundreds had searched two towns more than 350 miles away, following an unconfirmed but credible report of another sighting.

Acting Franklin County District Attorney Glenn MacNeill tells WPTZ-TV that a person had been seen fleeing from a hunting camp in the area.

Inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Up to 800 law enforcement officers have gone door to door checking houses, wooded areas and campgrounds.

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