According to Business Insider on June 9th:
A prison break at a maximum-security facility in New York is baffling authorities who are now frantically searching for two murderers on the loose several days after an elaborate escape.
Investigators are trying to figure out “what the rest of the plan was,” Rick Mathews, the director of the University at Albany’s National Center for Security and Preparedness, told the Associated Press.
“Where were they going to go, and how were they going to do it?”
Richard Matt, 48, was serving a sentence of 25 years to life for killing and dismembering his former boss in 1997. One cop called Matt “the most vicious, evil person I’ve ever come across in 38 years as a police officer.” David Sweat, 34, was serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff’s deputy.
They both escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles from the Canadian border, over the weekend.
The escape was elaborate. The pair used power tools to cut through a steel wall in their adjoining cells and escape through a steam pipe, according to Reuters. New York officials suspect the inmates might have had inside help in obtaining the power tools and breaking out, and the police are now questioning a woman who worked at the prison and might have been an accomplice.
“A search revealed that there was a hole cut out of the back of the cell through which these inmates escaped,” acting state corrections commissioner Anthony Annuci said Saturday at a news conference.
“They went onto a catwalk which is about six stories high,” Annuci added. “We estimate they climbed down and had power tools and were able to get out to this facility through tunnels, cutting away at several spots.”
For the prisoners to “get into the bowels of the prison — the catwalk and all that — they’d need help,” Kevin Tamez, a managing partner for the New York-based MPM Group said.
“My question is — I understand it’s an old prison, and it was in need of some upgrades — yet you have an area that sensitive down there