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New York prison escapee's DNA found a mile from accomplice fatal shooting

By Amy R. Connolly
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A tactical team marches into the woods along Route 30 at the Elephant Head trail in Malone, New York where escaped prisoner Richard Matt is believed was shot dead on Friday. Law enforcement were called to Route 30 by a 911 call from a motorist who heard shots fired. A second prisoner David Sweat is still on the loose, but police said Sunday they found his DNA near the area Matt was killed. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/f438fb0406bd8d4716dfdaefa697abf9/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A tactical team marches into the woods along Route 30 at the Elephant Head trail in Malone, New York where escaped prisoner Richard Matt is believed was shot dead on Friday. Law enforcement were called to Route 30 by a 911 call from a motorist who heard shots fired. A second prisoner David Sweat is still on the loose, but police said Sunday they found his DNA near the area Matt was killed. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y., June 28 (UPI) -- Police said they found convicted killer David Sweat's DNA about a mile from the area where his accomplice was gunned down, indicating they are closing in on the escaped prisoner.

The DNA was found on Sweat's food remnants Sunday as officers concentrated their efforts near the village of Malone, N.Y., about 20 miles from where fellow escapee Richard Matt, 49, was shot dead by police Friday.

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Sunday, police said Sweat, 35, is probably in bad shape as heavy rains approach the area and more than 1,000 police officers descend on the dense forest where he is believed to be hiding.

"He's going to be tired and he's going to make a mistake," Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill said.

Autopsy results released Sunday show Matt was covered in bug bites, blisters, cuts and bruises. He had a severe skull fracture and brain injuries as a result of gunshot wounds to the head. An early investigation suggests a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit member shot Matt three times in the head.

Matt was serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for the 1997 murder of his boss and Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for killing a deputy sheriff. They cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. on June 6. and led police on a expansive search.

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