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Reported Sighting Of Escaped Murderers Intensifies State Police Manhunt

Richard Matts and David Sweat
Richard Matts and David Sweat Photo Credit: New York State Police

DANNEMORA, N.Y. -- The manhunt for the two convicted murderers who escaped from prison has intensified after a resident of an upstate town 40 miles south of the Clinton Correctional Facility reported seeing two suspicious men walking down the road in the middle of a driving rain storm overnight.

The men reportedly ran into nearby cornfields when approached by the resident's vehicle.

Authorities are now combing through that area in Willsboro, N.Y., using helicopters in the search.

The first strong lead and precise location of the sighting has also allowed authorities to establish a perimeter around the area.

Richard Matt, 48, is a white male, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes, state police said. He has tattoos on back “Mexico Forever,” a heart on his chest and left shoulder, and a marine corps insignia on his right shoulder.

David Sweat, 34, also a white male, is 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes, according to state police. He has tattoos on his left bicep and his right fingers.

Matt is serving a sentence of 25 years to life following his conviction in Niagara County after he kidnapped a male victim and caused his death by beating him on Dec. 3, 1997.

Sweat is serving a sentence of life without parole following his conviction in Broome County for one count of first-degree murder after he caused the death of a Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy on July 4, 2002.

Both are considered to be a danger to the public. If located do not approach them, state police said. Contact 911 or the New York State Police immediately at 518-563-3761.

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