Focus of search for escaped inmates shifts north

A New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision officer takes a head count in Mountain View, N.Y., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, while searching for two prison escapees from Clinton Correctional Facility. Police began focusing intensely on an area 20 miles west of the prison that inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from prison on June 6. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP) SYRACUSE OUT

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) – Police are again shifting the focus of their search for two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York three weeks ago.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent most of the past week concentrating on a heavily wooded area 20 miles west of Clinton Correctional Facility, where David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out June 6TH. Authorities say DNA evidence confirmed the fugitives had been inside a hunting camp near the hamlet of Mountain View.

By Friday morning, fewer officers were around the hamlet while others were searching a few miles north in the town of Malone, near the Canadian border.

A small contingent of New York state troopers is stationed along power lines in the town, and motorists have to pass through a checkpoint. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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