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Sunday, June 7, 2015
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Richard Matt
DANNEMORA — The New York State Police continue to search for the two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility.

The escape of 49-year old Richard Matt of North Tonawanda and 35-year old David P. Sweat was reported to State Police early yesterday. Both were incarcerated for murder.

The State Police, in conjunction with Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Forest Rangers, U.S. Marshals, and the FBI are conducting grid searches to ensure a thorough search of the ground is completed.

More than 150 leads have been developed since the escape was reported. State Police, DOCCS, and federal investigative personnel as well as surrounding agencies are following up on each lead. Several aircraft from state and federal agencies are also being utililzed.

The State Police currently have approximately 100 personnel which includes uniform, investigative and specialty units on the ground actively searching and following leads. State Police continue to coordinate with several other local, state and federal agencies. At this time, more than 250 corrections and law enforcement officers are involved in the region and additional investigative services are being applied statewide and nationally. All available assets are involved in this effort.

David Sweat
These are very dangerous individuals. The State Police ask that the public make no hesitation to report any suspicious activity; if you see something, say something. Contact 911, any local law enforcement agency, or the New York 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 crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.

Earlier today, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men.

"Today we are asking for the help of the public as we continue our search to arrest these two individuals," Governor Cuomo said. "They are convicted murderers and our first order of business is to ensure they don't inflict any more pain on the community. We are urging anybody who sees them or knows anything that may assist our investigation to contact the State Police as soon as possible. With the public's help, we will return these men to where they belong – behind bars."

The Governor made the announcement earlier this afternoon on a conference call with New York State public safety officials providing an update to members of the media.

In total, $50,000 will be awarded for information directly leading to the apprehension and arrest of each inmate.

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