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12 days later: Where are NY's escaped prisoners?

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 12:41:30-04

Authorities have yet to track down two escaped inmates from New York.

And questions continue to come as to how convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of a New York maximum security prison and what help they got in their departure.

While authorities have charged Joyce Mitchell with helping Matt and Sweat escape, authorities now believe more people aided the exit, according to a CBS report.

Though some have been pretty confident the two will be found, authorities in New York had caught all 10 prisoners who escaped from 2009 to 2013 within 24 hours, according to Vox.com. The search for Sweat and Matt is in its 12th day as of Wednesday.

Here’s a little bit about who the convicted murderers are:

  • Matt, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for dismembering his former boss.
  • Sweat, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder after the death of a sheriff’s deputy.
  • Matt and Sweat escaped the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York near the Canadian Border.
  • The two were part of the “Honor Block” for good behavior. The “Honor Block” gives inmates various privileges, including the ability to wear civilian clothing.
  • Authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the escaped inmates’ arrests.

Here’s some information on how the two escaped:

  • Authorities realized the two were missing during a morning bed check on June 6.
  • The two used power tools to cut through the prison’s 2-foot-thick walls and then crawled through the prison’s sewage system. The prison had portions that were under construction.
  • A post-it note with a smiley face and the phrase “have a nice day” was left on the pipe the inmates cut, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  • Prison worker Joyce Mitchell has been charged with helping the inmates escape. She allegedly gave the inmates tools on May 1. She has been suspended without pay.

Here is the news on who Mitchell is and how she became involved:

  • Mitchell said she had had sex multiple times with Matt inside the maximum security prison, a source told CBS. Mitchell met the two escapees while working as a prison tailor.
  • Mitchell is married to Lyle Mitchell. Lyle Mitchell has not been charged, and it’s unclear how much he knew about the plot. An attorney for Lyle Mitchell said the husband had no knowledge of the escape plan. There are some suggestions that the inmates had plotted to kill Lyle Mitchell.
  • The Mitchells spoke face-to-face Tuesday for the first time since Joyce Mitchell was arrested.

Here is the latest on the authorities search:

  • Authorities believe Joyce Mitchell was not the only one to help the inmates escape, according to CBS. Mitchell could have been a “Plan B”
  • Authorities have more than 800 local, state and federal officials searching for the two in the nearby region, according to CNN. Police have said they have 1,200 leads.
  • Authorities continue to search Clinton County with the thought that the inmates did not go very far. At the same time, authorities are posting signs at the Canadian and Mexican borders and have said the two could be “anywhere”.