No Letup in Search As Escapees’ Accomplice Heads to Court

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) -
AP Photo/Mike Groll Law enforcement officers on Monday during the 10th day of the manhunt for the two prison escapees.
AP Photo/Mike Groll
Law enforcement officers on Monday during the 10th day of the manhunt for the two prison escapees.

More than 800 law enforcement officers are pushing on in the 10th day of the hunt for two convicted murderers as the woman charged with helping them escape made another court appearance Monday.

A stretch of the main state route leading into Dannemora in the Adirondacks will remain closed through at least Tuesday as the focus of the search remains a heavily wooded area east of the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Officers also continue to search door to door as they comb through more than 1,000 leads since Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the prison June 6.

Joyce Mitchell, a prison tailoring shop instructor who had befriended the inmates, had agreed to be the getaway driver but backed out because she felt guilty for participating.

Mitchell made her second court appearance in Plattsburgh on Monday wearing a striped prison jumpsuit and a bulletproof vest, and she waived a preliminary hearing. The case against her is now headed to a county court.