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'Dog' Chapman joins search for escaped murderers in New York

'Dog' Chapman and wife, Beth, have joined search for N.Y. escapees. 'Dog' Chapman and wife, Beth, have joined search for N.Y. escapees.
Hawaii's most famous bounty hunter has joined the search for two escaped murderers in upstate New York.

Duane 'Dog' Chapman tells me by phone, he and his wife Beth are in Malone, New York where law enforcement killed one of the fugitives and is hunting the other. 

Chapman says he has been passing on hundreds of tips from his website about Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34.  Both escaped from a New York prison three weeks ago.

"We're not stepping on any of their toes, we're providing them a couple of networks with a lot of leads," says Chapman.

Richard Matt was killed by law enforcement. Chapman says law enforcement officers were close to David Sweat hours later.

"Mr. Sweat was cornered at one time but they have lost him. This area is worst than the jungles we have in Hawaii. This is the thickest area that I've ever seen," he says.

Chapman says he is trying to stay out of the way of police while offering assistance.

"On the law enforcement totem pole, there is a spot for us and it is at the bottom and as long as we realize that and show 'aloha' and show respect where it's due, they have been nothing but fantastic with us," he says.

Chapman says there are so many officers on foot, ATV's, in choppers, and using dogs to find Sweat, "This is my line of work but this is the most excited I've ever been in my life."

Chapman says he and Beth will stay in New York as long as they keep getting tips on the website of possible sightings.

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