Items found in remote cabin may be linked to escaped prisoners

New York State Department of Corrections officers search the railroad tracks after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts near a railroad line that runs along a county road. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
New York State Department of Corrections officers search the railroad tracks after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts near a railroad line that runs along a county road. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — As the search continues for two convicted killers who escaped a nearby prison, authorities in northern New York are urging residents and seasonal camp owners to call police if they notice anything out of place or capture suspicious activity on trail cameras.

Officials say items recovered from a remote hunting cabin in the area have been sent to labs for DNA testing to determine if they are linked to the escapees.

Searchers are swarming through the rugged woods west of the prison after a hunter says he saw someone run from the cabin as he approached.

Authorities say they’ve recovered specific items from a hunting cabin that might be linked to the escapees. The cabin is about 20 miles west of the prison.

State police Maj. Charles Guess says Monday that the items have been sent to laboratories for DNA and other testing to see if they are linked to David Sweat or Richard Matt. Guess wouldn’t identify the items.

Sweat and Matt used power tools to cut their way out of their cells and make their escape June 6.

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