Broome Police on High Alert for Prison Escapees
Law enforcement agencies in the Binghamton area are keeping an eye out for David Sweat and Richard Matt, the convicted killers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder said police have been interviewing "all possible people" who may have any information about how the men managed to break out of the maximum-security prison in Dannemora.
Sweat was serving a life sentence in the 2002 shooting death of Broome County sheriff's deputy Kevin Tarsia. Matt also was serving a life sentence for killing a western New York businessman.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Harder said Sweat has relatives and friends in the area. The sheriff said those people have been contacted by investigators who are trying to determine where the escapees may be or where the might be headed.
Harder said authorities have no idea where the men are right now. He said: "They could be here or trying to get into another state, another country. No idea."
The sheriff said anyone who believes they may have seen one or both of the escapees should immediately call 911 and not take any action on their own.
State police have released new photos of Sweat and Matt. Investigators say people with information about the men may call 1-800-GIVETIP.
Authorities have said they believe the prisoners had assistance in escaping. Reports indicate one Clinton employee was being questioned for possibly providing help to Sweat and Matt.