The convicted murderers who remain at significant kept notes on their cell walls ahead of their escape from an upstate New York prison 11 days ago, an official involved in the investigation told ABC News.
The notes may perhaps have helped Richard Matt and David Sweat prepare for their escape as they spent months mapping out their escape by way of steam tunnels, the supply said.
The notes had in turn served as a trail of clues for investigators, the supply mentioned, though authorities now face the prospect of a dearth of new proof.
3 officials briefed on the ongoing search in upstate New York told ABC News that the consensus is that the trail has grown cold.
There are at the moment discussions amongst senior state and federal officials who are attempting to make a decision what the next measures should be and what, if something, must be stated publicly, sources mentioned.
State officials are attempting to establish, according to these sources, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo or one more representative of his administration could make a public statement acknowledging that the active all-hands search could possibly have stopped being productive and that a new long-term investigative phase needs to commence.
Former prison employee Joyce Mitchell, who has been charged with aiding Matt and Sweat in their escape, is now at Rensselaer County Jail in Troy, N.Y., as investigators try to establish what part she allegedly intended to play in the prisoners’ escape. She entered a not-guilty plea to the felony charge of advertising prison contraband and a misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation for allegedly assisting the inmates escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6.
“I do not know if she was program A, program B, or plan C,” Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro told ABC News of her alleged intended role as a getaway vehicle driver.
The New York State Police announced today that the dragnet is expanding and shifting to other places surrounding Dannemora based upon facts gathered during the investigation.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have searched more than 16 square miles to date and have followed additional than 1,200 leads, authorities mentioned.