NYLON – New information suggests the two prisoners who escaped from a northern New York prison may be headed to Vermont.
According to news partner 13WHAM, in a news conference Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said tactical teams are searching the 1,000 Islands region for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, both convicted murderers who were announced as missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on Saturday.
“We won’t stop until these men are captured,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.
Investigators have said that Matt and Sweat used power tools to cut through steel walls in their cells. Officials say they cut through a steam pipe and emerged in a manhole cover on a street.
Teams are also searching the town of Willsboro after a report of two men walking in the pouring rain around midnight Tuesday. Cuomo said there is no confirmation that the men were spotted there.
More than 500 leads have been reported, according to police. Other inmates at the prison may have been in a position to see or at least hear two convicts make their escape using power tools to cut steel, break through brick walls and slice open steam pipes.
But in a world where snitching can get you killed, the response from inmates has been predictable. Gov. Cuomo says nobody heard or saw anything. Prison experts say breaking through that wall of silence is tough but not impossible. And in a case as notorious as the weekend escape of two murderers from the maximum-security prison in Dannemora, investigators may be willing to make deals. They say information could be traded for a favorable parole recommendation, dismissal of disciplinary measures or a transfer to a prison offering ‘easier time.’
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