07 June 2015
New York State Police Continue Search for Escaped Inmates
The New York State Police continue to search for the two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.
The escape of 35-year old David P. Sweat and 49-year old Richard Matt was reported to State Police early yesterday. Both were incarcerated for murder.
The State Police, in conjunction with Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Forest Rangers, U.S. Marshals, and the FBI are conducting grid searches to ensure a thorough search of the ground is completed.
More than 150 leads have been developed since the escape was reported. State Police, DOCCS, and federal investigative personnel as well as surrounding agencies are following up on each lead. Several aircraft from state and federal agencies are also being utililzed.
The State Police currently have approximately 100 personnel which includes uniform, investigative and specialty units on the ground actively searching and following leads. State Police continue to coordinate with several other local, state and federal agencies. At this time, more than 250 corrections and law enforcement officers are involved in the region and additional investigative services are being applied statewide and nationally. All available assets are involved in this effort.
These are very dangerous individuals. The State Police ask that the public make no hesitation to report any suspicious activity; if you see something, say something. Contact 911, your local law enforcement agency, or the New York State Police to report any information related to this investigation at (518) 563-3761 or 1-800-GIVETIP. Tips can also be sent by email to email@example.com.
If there are any significant updates or developments State Police will hold another media briefing.