Another DOCCS employee has been arrested and charged with aiding in the escape of two convicted murderers from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate NY. And now the State Police think that the escaped prisoners are armed.
Mr. Palmer’s arrest came as law enforcement officers searched 75 square miles of densely forested terrain on Wednesday in pursuit of the two escaped murderers. The New York State Police said investigators are working on the assumption that the pair had a firearm.
The inmates, who the police believe were at a hunting cabin near Owls Head, N.Y., around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, would most likely have found a supply of weapons there, Maj. Charles E. Guess said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The cabin contained items with DNA matching that of the two killers, Mr. Matt, who turns 49 on Thursday, and Mr. Sweat, 35, and Major Guess said a man arriving there reported seeing “someone fleeing into the woods.”
Investigators had no conclusive evidence that the inmates took a shotgun from the cabin but were operating as if they were armed, in part because almost every hunting cabin in the North Country had at least one weapon, Major Guess said.