DNA found in a cabin may belong to New York state prison escapees

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OWLS HEAD, NY – Law officers are back in upstate New York as the search for convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat enters its third week.

This time, the search centers around Owls Head, where investigators recovered DNA from a cabin.

"We have developed evidence that the suspects may have spent time in a cabin in this area,” said Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police. “We have law enforcement officers from around the state and nation searching for more evidence."

Investigators say Joyce Mitchell provided Richard Matt and David Sweat with some of the tools they used to cut their way out of the maximum security pen.

Investigators say Joyce Mitchell provided Richard Matt and David Sweat with some of the tools they used to cut their way out of the maximum security pen.

The cabin is about 22 miles from the Clinton Correctional Facility where Matt and Sweat escaped on June sixth.

"We have recovered specific items from that cabin, we have forwarded them to the appropriate laboratories and reached conclusive determination but we are not prepared to release that evidence at this time so we do not jeopardize the continuity of the investigation."

Gerald McCann, a former senior inspector for the U.S. Marshal Service, says the discovery of DNA could be a major break.

“This says they're not in Canada more than likely. They're not in Mexico, and they may not have had the plan or the degree of help that we were beginning to think they might have had.

For two weeks, hundreds of leads have led to dead ends. Authorities hope the DNA will change that.