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Convicted Murderers Escape Prison

Convicted murderers David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, have reportedly escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, near the Canadian border. Officials are unsure of whether the pair escaped Friday night or early Saturday morning, but they were discovered to have been missing during a routine bed check Saturday morning. They are believed to have escaped through the sewer lines of the prison facilities.

Road blocks have been set up and alerts have been issued to ensure their re-capturing.

David Sweat was in the process of serving a life sentence without parole for the murder of Sheriff Deputy Kevin Tarsia, 36, in July 2002. Richard Matt was serving a 25 to life sentence for kidnapping and murdering William Rickerson, 76 in 1997. Matt also has a history of successful prison escapes, having escaped in 1998 to Mexico where he was imprisoned once again for murder. This also led to his extradition in 2007 to the United States where he was convicted in 2008.

Sweat is a 5’11 white male with brown hair, green eyes with tattoos on his left bicep and right fingers.

Matt is a 6’ white male with black hair and hazel eyes with tattoos on his back, chest and a Marine Corps insignia on his right shoulder.

Authorities say that both men are dangerous and should not be approached.

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