New York Prison Escape: DNA From One Escapee Found

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NBC News- DNA from at least one of the two escaped New York prisoners was found at a burglarized cabin in a rural town about 20 miles from the prison, sources told NBC News on Monday.

The search for the men, Richard Matt and David Sweat, focused on the town of Owls Head after the DNA was found on Saturday.

Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police declined to say whether it was the strongest lead since Matt and Sweat were reported missing on June 6. “This is a confirmed lead for us,” he said. “We’re going to run this to ground.”

Police announced they were wrapping up their search in southwest New York, near the Pennsylvania state line, where a witness had reported spotted two men on a railroad line. About 300 law enforcement officers searched the area and found it to be clear.

Investigators and military trucks converged on Owls Head and the nearby community of Mountain View after the owner of the cabin saw someone fleeing on Saturday.

The hunting cabin is deep in the woods and not near a road, said Glenn McNeil, the acting district attorney for Franklin County.

Witnesses told NBC station WPTZ that helicopters have been in the air and checkpoints are in place on roads in the area.

“There definitely is a lot of law enforcement,” Terry Bellinger, owner of Belly’s Mountain View Inn in Owls Head, told the Press-Republican newspaper of Plattsburgh.

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