(MALONE, N.Y.) — More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are combing through a 22-square-mile area in upstate New York as they look for convicted killer David Sweat.
Saturday’s search for Sweat involves about 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement members, the New York State Police said. The search comes three weeks after Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, 50 miles away from Saturday’s search area. Matt was shot and killed by authorities in the nearby town of Elephant’s Head Friday afternoon.
Crews are searching an area along State Route 30, between County Route 41 in Malone, and County Route 26 in Duane. After Matt was shot, investigators set up a perimeter in the area to try and corner Sweat, state police told ABC News.
A gun battle broke out in the woods Friday where authorities believed Sweat was cornered, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo later said authorities were not sure where Sweat was located.
Matt’s body has been transported to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy, state police said.
Residents who see anything out of the ordinary — such as trespassing or burglary — are asked to call 911.
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