Richard Matt and David Sweat: Inmates DNA Found in New York Cabin
Police hunting for New York prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat have found evidence in a cabin after a witness reported seeing a man fleeing from the home.
ABC News reported that DNA, found on food near the campsite, is linked to the two convicted killers.
A pair of prison-issue underpants was also found in the cabin, according to the New York Times.
Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, escaped on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
The discovery has shifted the search to an area 20 miles west of the site of the prison break.
Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from jail through tunnels, using power tools to escape from their cells.
“We have recovered specific items from cabins and forwarded them to labs and got conclusive information, but we will not confirm what it found,” said New York State Police Major Charles Guess at a news conference on June 22.
Police had been searching heavily on a rural area close to the Pennsylvania state line on June 22 in Friendship, 300 miles south of the prison.
On June 20, police responded to a sighting of two men walking along a railway in the area. That sighting is still unconfirmed.
“No lead is too small for us to investigate,” Charles Guess said.
Prison employee Joyce Mitchell has been arrested for possibly helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape and giving the pair the tools.
Joyce Mitchell was planning on meeting the duo with a getaway car, but changed her mind.