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Hundreds search for murderers who escaped maximum-security prison in N.Y.

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-08 11:56:05-04

There are hundreds of law enforcement officials searching for two men who escaped from a New York prison.

About 250 officers are looking on the ground and in the air for Richard Matt and David Sweat, who authorities said had an elaborate plan to leave the maximum-security part of the Clinton Correctional Facility. Their escape was discovered during a bed check at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6.

According to CNN on Monday morning, a prison employee was being questioned as a possible accomplice.

Authorities said Sweat and Matt had been convicted of murder and were serving lengthy sentences. The two were in adjoining cells.

The killers used power tools to cut through their cells and crawl through steel pipes to get to freedom, according to reports. It is not yet known how the two got the power tools.

Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, left a note for authorities that read, "Have a nice day."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests of the two escaped inmates.