New York manhunt for prison escapees

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities in northern New York state may have good reason to believe that two prison escapees are still in the area near the maximum-security prison from which they escaped.

According to a person close to the investigation, they believe a prison employee had agreed to be the getaway driver — but she never showed up.

The manhunt is still focused in some woods only a few miles from the prison.

Police have already said that Joyce Mitchell — an instructor at the prison tailor shop where the two convicts worked — was being questioned, and that she "may have had some role" in helping the convicts.

David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped through holes cut in wall of their cells and an underground steam pipe.


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