CBS New York

DANNEMORA, New York (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state police plan to expand the search for two escaped murderers beyond a 16-square-mile area of woods, fields and swamps where the manhunt has been most intense, even as rainy weather hampers their progress.

The more than 800 law enforcement officers combing the rural area now have shifted their focus eastward leading from the village of Dannemora, home of the Clinton Correctional Facility, in far northern New York state.

Inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6 from the maximum-security prison near the Canadian border.

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No vehicles were reported stolen in the area, which led searchers to believe Matt and Sweat were still near the prison. Search dogs caught the scent of the men, and authorities found evidence indicating they may have spent time there.

Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said that rain…

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