DANNEMORA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Law enforcement sources say a prison employee provided tools to two convicted killers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility last weekend.
Sources tell CNN Joyce Mitchell gave hacksaw blades to the inmates, as well as eyeglasses with lights attached to them. Richard Matt and David Sweat have now been on the run for seven days.
The District Attorney for the area tells CNN Mitchell is talking to authorities.
“I can’t speak for Miss Mitchell, but she may feel some responsibility and guilt for her involvement and she wants to help that situation or help herself out in her situation. She could face conspiracy for escape and she could also be dealing with providing prison contraband. She’s aware that there’s these charges that are obviously going to be filed or can be filed against her. She continues to cooperate. We see this every day in multifaceted investigations. So it’s just another aspect of this case,” said Andrew Wylie, Clinton County D.A.
On Friday, investigators say the focus of the investigation has been centered on a Mobil Gas Station that’s actually just right down the road of where our NEWS 10 crews are.
ABC News is saying bloodhounds were able to pick up a strong scent and that led police to believe they were there rummaging for food since there’s a subway inside.
Another update NEWS10 has been hearing is that the Saranac School District is still closed due to the search. The village and the town are open and will continue to do business as usual.
Earlier, a lot of correction officers were seen heading that way, but officials are not saying why. Multiple people are now being questioned in relation to Joyce Mitchell.
In Plattsburgh several officers with large rifles were seen standing in dark, wooded areas in case something was to happen. They’re still conducting check points on Route 374 and opening trunks and car doors as part of the inspection process.
Thursday’s search involved more than 500 law enforcement officers with the help of other agencies.
Route 374 will remain closed off until further notice. So far, there has been no confirmed sightings of either of the men.
Joyce Mitchell works as a prison seamstress. State officials say they received a complaint about the relationship between Mitchell and one of the two escapees.
“She continues to cooperate, she continues to come in and speak with us. Each day, we are learning a little bit more information as to her involvement in this case and how she developed a relationship with the two men and eventually, you know, we came to last Saturday where it’s the date they make their decision to escape and, of course, as we all know now, Joyce Mitchell ends up in the hospital and is not there to assist the two individuals,” said DA Wylie.
Mitchell’s relatives deny that she played a role in the breakout.