Law enforcement personnel prepare to head out on a search for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat on June 26, 2015 in Chasm Falls, New York.
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June 26, 2015 3:19 PM EDT

The two killers who broke out of a New York prison three weeks ago may be headed for Canada, authorities said Friday.

Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police said he could not go into specifics, but “based on what we know at this point, we have a high degree of confidence in our conclusion.”

David Sweat and Richard Matt were reported missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6.

Investigators believe the men are moving in the dark of night, and items that appear to belong to the men have been found in the northern towns of Belmont and Malone, according to Guess. Authorities believe Matt and Sweat have not yet crossed the Canadian …

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