Search for killers stretches into 8th day

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Res­i­dents in ru­ral New York were on edge Satur­day as the man­hunt for two killers stretched over an eighth day, and the two men re­mained un­de­tected af­ter cut­ting them­selves out of a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity pri­son with power tools.

More than 800 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in the hunt for David Sweat and Richard Matt scoured the fields and Adiron­dack woods sev­eral miles around the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dannemora near the Canadian bor­der.

Their search re­sumed the morn­ing af­ter a pri­son worker was charged with smug­gling in hack­saw blades, chis­els, a punch and a screw­driver bit to help the men es­cape. The woman ap­peared in hand­cuffs be­fore a judge in Platts­burgh on Fri­day night, and her lawyer en­tered a not-guilty plea on her be­half.

With sev­eral hun­dred tips to check out, po­lice said they had no new leads by the end of the day Satur­day.

“I just mowed some fields, and I kept look­ing overmy shoul­der. It’s scary,” said Ja­son Hamel, who lives with his wife and three young daugh­ters in West Chazy, five min­utes from one of the many po­lice road­blocks.

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