The latest on NY prison escape: Searches of rails, buildings

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 4:19 PM
The latest on NY prison escape: Searches of rails, buildings

4:05 p.m.

Officers searching for two killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison say they are checking abandoned buildings, seasonal camps and railroad beds.

State police say Thursday that as they expand their search area, officers have cleared more than 160 unoccupied buildings and seasonal homes. They also have searched 585 miles of railroad beds and trails.

Troopers are asking homeowners and hunters in the area who have video surveillance or trail cameras to check their footage for signs of suspicious activity.

Clinton County Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat were discovered missing June 6 after they cut through their cell wall and a steam pipe.

More than 600 law enforcement officers are still involved in the search.

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12:45 p.m.

A lockdown has been lifted at a prison in far northern New York even as two inmates who escaped from there almost two weeks ago remain on the lam.

Corrections officials say inmates are eating again in the mess hall Thursday at Clinton Correctional Facility, and a number are going to work assignments.

Recreation activities and use of the phones are also resuming.

Visitors to the prison in Dannemora are expected to be able to return Friday.

The prison has been locked down since convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat were discovered missing from their cells June 6 after they cut through their cell wall and a steam pipe.

The search for them has expanded beyond the 16-square-mile grid search of forests, swamps other buildings near the prison.

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7:50 a.m.

The lawyer for the man whose wife is charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from a maximum-security New York prison says his client was "blown away" by revelations that she talked to the inmates about having them kill her husband after they broke out.

Attorney Peter Dumas told NBC's "Today" show that Lyle Mitchell is still in shock from his wife Joyce's arrest on charges alleging she provided tools that helped David Sweat and Richard Matt break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora nearly two weeks ago.

Dumas says Lyle Mitchell is cooperating with police and there's no indication he'll be charged.

The couple worked in the prison tailor shop where the Sweat and Matt also worked. Both convicts remain at large Thursday.