Over 800 law enforcement officers continue search for escaped killers; Dickinson Center woman jailed for helping them escape
State police say the search continues to search for escapees David Sweat and Richard Matt in Plattsburgh along State Route 374.
Route 374 will remain closed between General Leroy Manor Road and Rand Hill Road until the search has been completed.As of Saturday, more than 800 law enforcement officers from state, local and federal agencies are reportedly assisting in the search. Investigators will continue to search door to door to remind residents to be vigilant.
The search area will expand tomorrow towards the east side of Trudeau Road.
Officers and Forest Rangers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as officers from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, FBI, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Clinton and Essex County Sheriff Departments and the Plattsburgh Police Department are all providing assistance in the search.
Troopers say all available assets are being deployed around the clock, including K9 and aviation units. More than 700 leads have been developed at this point in the investigation.
Police say the public should make no hesitation to report any suspicious activity; that includes any sign of a trespass, burglary or vehicle larceny. Contact 911, your local law enforcement agency, or the 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 protected].
State police said they arrested Joyce Mitchell, 51, Dickinson Center, for providing material assistance to Richard Matt and David Sweat allowing them to escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
She was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, felony, and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, troopers said.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m. in the Plattsburgh City Court.