The Latest: Police seek owner of backpack carried by escapee

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Posted: Jul 03, 2015 12:36 PM

The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other (all times local):

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12:20 p.m.

New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand backpack. Officials have said Sweat was carrying maps, tools, Pop Tarts and other items in the backpack when he was caught June 28.

Troopers say the backpack is believed to have been stolen from a camp in neighboring Franklin or Clinton County.

Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol agent June 26. Sweat is in fair condition Friday at an Albany hospital.

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12 p.m.

A funeral director says no services have been planned for a prison escapee shot to death after three weeks on the run in northern New York.

Winthrop Allen with the John O. Roth Funeral Home in Tonawanda says Friday that the "final disposition" of Richard Matt's body has taken place. Allen wouldn't say if Matt was buried or cremated or offer any other details.

Allen says that the body is not at the funeral home and that he acted in accordance with the wishes of Matt's son.

Matt and David Sweat escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility.

Matt was shot and killed by a border patrol agent June 26. Sweat was shot and captured two days later and is hospitalized.

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This story has been corrected to show that the funeral director said the body was not at the home instead of no longer there.