Search for escaped NY prisoner David Sweat continues

New York State officers search for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. Matt was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from the prison on Friday, and Sweat is on the run, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKRN) — New York State Police issued an update Saturday on their search for escaped prisoner David Sweat.

Saturday’s search efforts are focused on a 22 square mile perimeter along State Route 30 between County Route 41 in the Town of Malone and County Route 26 in the Town of Duane in New York.

Tactical, K9 and aviation units from the involved agencies have been conducting searches within the perimeter in effort to locate the suspect.

New York NY inmates escape
Richard Matt, 48 (L) and David Sweat, 34 (R)

The body of escapee Richard Matt, who was shot and killed by law enforcement Friday afternoon in the Town of Duane, has been transported to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy.

On Saturday, there are approximately 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement members involved in the search area. 

These agencies include Forest Rangers and Conservation Officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, officers from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Plattsburgh Police, Vermont State Police, and the Clinton, Franklin and Washington County Sheriff’s Departments.

Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, cut through a steel wall, broke through bricks and crawled through a steam pipe before emerging through a manhole outside the prison grounds.

They were discovered missing in early June after stuffing their beds with clothes to fool guards on their rounds and leaving behind a taunting note: “Have a nice day.”

Sweat was convicted in the 2002 killing of a sheriff’s deputy and was doing life without parole. Matt was serving 25 years to life for kidnapping and dismembering his boss in 1997.

Click here for full coverage on the New York prisoner escape.

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