OWLS HEAD, N.Y. (WIVB) — After setting up a 75-mile perimeter in an attempt to close in on two escaped murderers, police say they’ve increased their presence in the area to a maximum.
New York State Police officials say they deployed their own K-9 and aviation units, in addition to the following manpower: Forest Rangers, Conservation officers, Department of Corrections Officers, the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Custom and Border Protection, out of state officials and local police like Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies.
“All available assets are being deployed around the clock, including canine and aviation units,” police said in a release.
More than 1,100 officers are now combing through Franklin County — specifically a 75-mile area in which police have been encircling. Police are working to comb through each cabin in addition to searching all natural shelters. On Wednesday a lead Forest Ranger explained that the search ahead of officers would proceed slowly due to natural barriers.
The search for Richard Matt and David Sweat is in its twentieth day, and police said on Wednesday they’ve gathered good evidence and continue to work leads. In a press conference Wednesday, they said they would continue to search for evidence and those who may have helped the two convicted killers.
A guard at the Clinton Correctional Facility was charged soon after their press conference. Police say Gene Palmer stands charged with promoting prison contraband. He joins the likes of Joyce Mitchell, who is accused of plotting with the killers for their escape and then planning the murder of her husband thereafter.
While the search continues, police continue to warn caution and ask anybody with information to phone it in. Anybody with information can call 1-800-GIVETIP.
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