Convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt are shown in this composite handout from New York State Police. Matt, 48, and Sweat, 34, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6, 2015, by using power tools to cut through steel walls and pipes. Image courtesy of New York State Police/UPI | License Photo
OWLS HEAD, N.Y., June 22 (UPI) -- The DNA from at least one of two convicted murderers who escaped more than two weeks ago from a New York prison was found inside a cabin in Owls Head, law enforcement officials said.
Police flooded the small, rural town of Owls Head, located about 25 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., from where Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped June 6. Police were tipped off to the location after someone reported seeing a man running into the woods there Saturday.
Franklin County, where Owls Head is located, has a population of about 50,000.
Anonymous sources told NBC News DNA from one of the men was discovered inside the cabin. Law enforcement officials told CNN they found DNA from both men inside the residence.
At a news conference Monday, Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police would not confirm whether any DNA found at the scene matched the men. He said "specific items" had been removed from the cabin and sent to investigators.
"It's a confirmed lead for us," he said. "It has generated a massive law enforcement response, as you can see, and we're going to run this to ground."
Matt and Sweat were added to the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" fugitives list on Thursday.
"The agency's 15 Most Wanted fugitive list is reserved for the worst of the worst," said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton. "There is no question David Sweat and Richard Matt fall into this category. While their brazen prison escape has left the public on edge, it has only ignited our sheer determination to bring them back to justice. Together with our law enforcement partners, the Marshals will work tirelessly to ensure the threat they pose and their run from the law is short lived."