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Hunt for escaped prison inmates enters fourth day

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Posted at 9:31 AM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 10:24:47-04

The search for two men who escaped an upstate New York prison has entered its fourth day.

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, were serving lengthy sentences after being convicted of killing others. The two were able to break free of the prison following an elaborate plan involving the use of power tools to cut through a steel wall, making their way across a catwalk, maneuvering through a tunnel of pipes and more.

They surfaced through a manhole, according to reports.

On Tuesday, the manhunt stretched from Canada to down south in the U.S.

A female worker in the Clinton Correctional Facility where Matt and Sweat escaped was questioned as a possible accomplice. As of Tuesday morning she had not been charged and her name had not been released.

According to CNN, this is not Matt's first escape. He was able to break free from an Erie County jail in the mid-1980s.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced there is a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the escaped inmates.

Other information about the case:
— The prison in Dannemora, New York is 170 years old and 20 miles from the Canadian border.
— The female worker being questioned tailored clothes at the prison.
— Sweat was serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff's deputy in 2002.
— The escapees were in a maximum security part of the prison.

Time.com has a graphic detailing the elaborate escape.