Search for killers stretches into 8th day
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.