Vermont and New York law enforcement are making a “special effort” to secure the border between the states, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a quickly arranged news conference Wednesday afternoon outside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
“This is no time to panic,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “It’s a time to be sensible.”
There was no direct indication the murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, had made it to Vermont, but Shumlin outlined specific steps the authorities were taking to boost their search for the men in the Green Mountain State.
The Vermont State Police have sent a liaison to New York, are ready to respond to tips, are working to raise public awareness in remote areas such as campgrounds, have deployed marine units to Lake Champlain and are exchanging intelligence, Shumlin said.
“We have information that suggests that they thought New York was going to be hot, and Vermont would be cooler in terms of law enforcement, and a camp in Vermont was going to be a better place to be,” Shumlin said of the escapees.
Law enforcement declined to say where in Vermont the men might have been headed.
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