More than 800 law enforcement officers have been involved in the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt, and more than 700 tips have come in, state police said.
Police have been focusing on an area southeast of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and said that area would be expanded further east today— the ninth day of the manhunt.
The convicted killers sawed through the walls of their cells and climbed through an underground steam pipe to escape the maximum-security prison in the early morning hours of June 6.
Police with search dogs and assisted by aircraft have blanketed the area near Dannemora, a rural area near the Vermont border and not far from the Canadian border.
Police said they would continue searching along Route 374, which remains closed between General Leroy Manor Road and Rand Hill Road, while the search would expand toward the east side of Trudeau Road.
A prison worker charged with providing material assistance to Matt and Sweat planned to pick the men up on the night of the escape, but got cold feet, District Attorney Andrew Wylie said Saturday.
“At the last moment that Friday afternoon or Friday evening she bailed out,” Wylie told NBC News. “Hopefully that means they [the escapees] are still out here in close proximity to the facility.”
The prison worker, Joyce Mitchell, 51, is charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday.
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