Police Seek Owner of Backpack Carried by Escaped Murderer David Sweat

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.

David Sweat, 35, had a red and black TYR brand backpack, police said Friday. 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 maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol agent June 26. A funeral director said Friday no services had been planned for him, and that the "final disposition" of Matt's body had already taken place. The funeral director didn't indicate whether Matt was cremated or buried or offer any other details.

Sweat, meanwhile, was listed in fair condition Friday at an Albany hospital, where he has been recovering from two gunshot wounds to the torso.

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