Police say credible, but unconfirmed tip sparked manhunt

AMINY, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Sunday, State Police spoke publicly for the first time since since their investigation began in Allegany county 24 hours ago.

State Police began their press conference Sunday at 3:30 p.m. saying they couldn’t say much. Police didn’t say anything about their investigation and only answered a few brief questions.

But, News 4 did learn more about what officials call a “credible” but “unconfirmed” tip they received Saturday.

State Police say a woman who lives in the area witnessed two men on a railroad line that runs along county Route 20 in Friendship Saturday that matched descriptions for David Wweat and Richard Matt. Because her description matches what the suspects look like, police are now calling her a credible source.

“We will continue to search this area until all leads have been exhausted. As we have in other areas of the state, we will search under every rock, behind every tree, and structure until we are confident that the area is secure,” said NYS Police Major Michael Cerretto.

Police say 300 men were brought in from surrounding areas to help with the investigation.  It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Town of Friendship and Amity and many residents hope live returns to normal soon.

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