Investigators have been honing in on the town of Friendship, New York, according to CNN

By Adam Carlson
Updated June 21, 2015 10:35 AM
Credit: New York State Police

Authorities are focusing on a “hot spot” in the continued search for escaped killers Richard Matt and David Sweat following an “unconfirmed sighting” of the men Saturday in Friendship, New York, CNN reports.

A source told CNN the sighting was credible, and investigators were following tracks in the area to learn more.

According to police, two men fitting the convicts’ description were spotted near on a railroad line in Friendship on Saturday afternoon, ABC News reports.

Friendship is more than 350 miles southwest from the Clinton Correction Facility, where Matt, 48, and Sweat, 35, escaped early this month.

What’s more, chatter on emergency services radio indicated a large number of officers had moved into the area, according to CNN; and a local reporter Tweeted Saturday that she was instructed to leave the search area, which was being called a “hot spot.”

“I think they’re really serious that they’ve seen somebody,” one Friendship resident told CNN. “I just hope they catch them.”

The newest possible sighting follows witness reports last week in both Lindley and Erwin, in Steuben County, a little more than 70 miles east of Friendship, state police told CNN.

On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service added the men to their list of most-wanted fugitives. The manhunt, which has included as many as 800 law enforcement officers clearing hundreds of buildings and searching hundreds of miles of trails, will continue in force, officials told CNN.

“We’re not going anywhere,” New York State Police Maj. Charles Guess said.

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