The search team has focused on an area just 20 miles from the Clinton Correctional Facilty convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from on 6 June. Media report that their DNA was found in a cabin in the area. The cabin was examined after a witness had seen two suspicious men running in the woods. The police, however, did not want to confirm that the DNA belongs to the fugitives. New York State police spokesman Major Charles Guess said only that "we are not prepared to release that evidence at the current time in order to not jeopardized the investigation."
It has been established so far that Matt and Sweat used power tools to drill through a metal wall in the prison they fled from. Then they are believed to have penetrated into a tunnel which led them to a manhole outside jail walls.
Sweat was in prison for life without the possibility of parole because he murdered Broome County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Tarsia. Mat was imprisoned for 25 years because he was found guilty of murder, kidnapping and robbery. What he did was extremely gruesome – after he kidnapped his ex-boss, he tortured him and at the end dismembered his body.
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