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NY Prison Escapees Possibly Spotted

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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.

New York state police were investigating a possible sighting Saturday of two killers who escaped a maximum-security prison two weeks ago.

Police said two men fitting the description of Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, were spotted near a railroad line in the town of Friendship, New York.

The town is more than 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of the Clinton County Correctional Facility in upstate New York near the Canadian border, from which the the two men escaped.

The possible sighting sparked a search involving hundreds of police officers, dogs and helicopters of an area near the border of the states of New York and Pennsylvania.

Matt was serving a sentence of 25 years to life for the 1997 kidnapping and dismembering of his former boss.

Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for murdering a sheriff's deputy in New York state in 2002.

New York state is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrests of the pair, or half that amount for either one of the individuals.

Additionally, the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of either suspect.

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