House searches resume near prison where 2 killers escaped Saturday

Published 9:58 am Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WILLSBORO, N.Y. — Police plan to resume searching homes located near the maximum-security prison in northern New York where two killers escaped using power tools, authorities said Wednesday as they renewed their plea for help from the public.

State Police said the fifth day of searching will entail going from house to house in Dannemora, where David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility. The house searches aren’t the result of any new leads and law enforcement is retracing its steps made soon after the escape, troopers said.

“They’ll be doing a 100 percent sweep from the prison right out, see how that goes,” said David Favro, the sheriff for Clinton County, where the prison is located, about 20 miles from the Canadian border.

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Law enforcement officials reiterated their plea for the public’s help in reporting anything unusual in the area since the prison break, which was discovered over the weekend.

“We don’t want them out searching the woods,” Favro said. “But if you’re sitting on your porch, get your binoculars out and see if you see something unusual.”

A search Tuesday in a rural town about 30 miles from the prison turned up no sign of the convicts. The search was prompted by reports of two men seen walking late Monday during a driving rainstorm along a road in Willsboro, near Lake Champlain.