Police Investigate Possible Sightings in Steuben County of Two Escaped NY State Prison Convicts Richard Matt & David Sweat (Also, Male Corrections Officer Placed on Leave)
The authorities are investigating two possible sightings in Steuben County, NY of the the two convicts who escaped from the maximum-Security Prison Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. One witnesses spotted two men on June 13 walking near the Gang Mills rail yard on Rita’s Way in the town of Erwin. The next day, two men with the same description were spotted walking along County Route 115 in the town of Lindley, heading toward the Pennsylvania Border. Convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, have been added to the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list.
The list “is reserved for the worst of the worst,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton. “There is no question David Sweat and Richard Matt fall into this category.”
Authorities warned that it could take some time as the massive manhunt enters its second week in the area of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
Police are pursuing possible sightings of two men who may fit the descriptions of the murderers who broke out from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
The sightings happened in Steuben County last weekend, New York State Police said in a news release Friday evening.
The development is another lead in the search for escapees Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, which is now on its 15th day.
“Witnesses spotted two men on June 13 walking near the Gang Mills rail yard on Rita’s Way in the town of Erwin,” police said. “The next day, two men with the same description were spotted walking along County Route 115 in the town of Lindley, heading toward the Pennsylvania Border.”
The unconfirmed sightings came from two separate individuals, police spokesman Beau Duffy told CNN on Saturday.
A correction officer was suspended Friday as part of the investigation into the escape of two inmates who broke out of a New York state prison and are still at large, officials said.
A statement by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said that due to the ongoing investigation, no more information was immediately available.