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False alarm: Philly calls off search for escaped New York prisoners

A cabbie told authorities that he believes he may have given a ride to the men wanted for escaping from a maximum-security prison. But that report has now been deemed not credible.
New York State Police

After a morning search in the Philadelphia area, authorities say they have discounted a cabbie's report that he gave a ride to two escapeesfrom a New York prison.

David Sweat and Richard Matt, both convicted murderers and on the run now for six days, escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New Yorkon Saturday.

Authorities have determined that the cabbie was incorrect when he told authorities two passengers he dropped off at 30th Street Station at 5 a.m.matched the descriptions of Sweat and Matt, ABC reported.

Police called off their search after reviewing surveillance footage of the cabbie dropping off the passengers.

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