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(DANNEMORA, N.Y.) — Police say that there are no “concrete leads” that suggest that two escaped inmates have left the area of a New York prison though officials have decided to expand the search area, they announced at a news conference Wednesday.

“There is no hard evidence that they are outside the area,” one investigator said Wednesday. “That being said, we cannot rule that out.”

Wednesday marks the 12th day since convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York via a steam pipe.

A host of law enforcement officials from the various agencies involved in the search gave an update in Dannemora but did not have any specific details about leads that have panned out. In all, they’ve fielded more than 1,400 tips throughout the search.

“They came up with a very elaborate and creative plan to escape from one of the secure facilities in New York if not the United States,” another official said.

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