UPDATE: These escaped convicts have been found. One was shot to death by New York law enforcement about 20 miles from the Canadian border. The other one was captured by New York law enforcement about 2 miles from the Canadian border.
***This is a Public Safety Alert***
***Very Dangerous Escapees could be ANYWHERE.***
New York State is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of Richard Matt and David Sweat, the two convicted murderers who escaped from an upstate maximum security prison, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
The governor called the offer of $50,000 for each prisoner an unusual step for the state, but said "it is appropriate."
"These are dangerous men," Cuomo said, adding that they are "capable of committing grave crimes once again."
New York state officials are investigating whether a civilian staff member or contractor helped a pair of convicted murders to escape from a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.
Several hundred law enforcement officials were in their third day of searching for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles (30 km) south of the Canadian border.
The U.S. Marshals Service and FBI joined hundreds of other officers searching for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, according to The Associated Press. Both men are considered to be a danger to the public and should not be approached, state police said.
"I would be shocked if a guard was involved, and that's putting it mildly," Cuomo told CNN. "But we're looking at the civilian employees now and the private contractors to see if possibly if a civil employee or contractor was assisting the escape because they wouldn't have equipment on their own, that's for sure."
A female employee of facility was interrogated by investigators who viewed her as a possible accomplice, the New York Post reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources.
New York is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the men it describes as dangerous and have notified law enforcement in Canada and Mexico about the fugitives, the first to escape in the prison's 150-year history.
The pair are believed to have cut through the steel walls at the back of their adjoining cells and escaped through a steam pipe. They left behind a note reading "have a nice day."
Cuomo warned that the pair could have traveled a great distance since escaping: "They could be literally anywhere in the country now, these are really dangerous individuals."
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Just in from scanner: FCSD got a report of a personal injury accident that involves a motorcycle near 600 N and St Rd 17. FCSD, Aubbee Fire, and FCEMS have been dispatched to the scene.
UPDATE(5:45 PM): Aubbee Fire requests that Samaritan be put on standby.
UPDATE(5:49 PM): Aubbee Fire now on scene.
UPDATE(5:53 PM): Aubbee Fire advised medics that the subject has a large amount of road rash to the back and shoulder areas and there is a cut on the head area.
UPDATE(5:56 PM): FCSD now on scene.
UPDATE(5:59 PM): Aubbee Fire has now requested that Samaritan Air Ambulance to do a scene flight.
UPDATE(6:04 PM): Scanner Traffic: Samaritan just took off from airport and they have a 5 min ETA.
UPDATE(6:12 PM): Scanner Traffic: Samaritan is landing at the scene.
UPDATE(6:36 PM): Aubbee Fire has cleared the scene.
UPDATE(9/4/2015): Fulton County Coroner Darin Beeker has confirmed that the individual found in the woods off of 13th street 2 weeks ago is that of 23 year old Jeremiah Mathis. Officials have released no other information at this time other than stating that the investigation is ongoing.
Once police have released further information, that will be passed along immediately.
UPDATE(7/5/2015): As far as I know he is still missing as of July 5, 2015. This case is still an open investigation and no information will be allowed to be given out by law enforcement.
On May 24, 2015 Fulton County Sheriff Department recieved a phone call for a missing 22 year old male. On May 24 officers did a search for the missing male, but nothing was found. Jeremiah has not been seen or heard from since his disappearance. On Monday June 2, 2015 there was an organized search for him, unknown of the results of that search. Below is the information that the Fulton County 911 Communications posted on their Facebook page. When there are any updates to this article I will post that update on our website(policeandweather.com).
** MISSING **
Fulton County Sheriff's department is looking for Jeremiah Mathis, a 22 year old white male from Rochester. Male subject was last seen around 2 PM on 05-22-2015 walking towards Walmart from the Wabash Av area in Rochester. Mathis was last seen wearing black pants, dark blue t-shirt, and carrying a red lunch box. Mathis is 5'7 and 170 pounds, Blue Eyes and Brown hair. If you know the whereabouts or have information in locating please contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Department at 574-223-2819.
From Fulton County 911 Communications
Road Closure Alert: For the next 30 days Olson Rd between 500 W and 600 W will be closed. Thru traffic is asked to AVOID the area for the next 30 days or until the road is open up. We will keep this updated as we hear more on this.
Just in from scanner: FCSD got a report at about 12:08 PM of a Dump truck vs Car accident near US 31 and 13th St. Caller did not know if there was any injuries. RFD, FCSD, and FCEMS has been dispatched to the scene.
UPDATE(12:14 PM): FCEMS and FCSD on scene.
UPDATE(12:17 PM): RFD on scene. FCSD advised ISP that on the Northbound side that the drive lane will be shut down due to this accident.
UPDATE(12:24 PM): RFD has cleared the scene. Scanner Traffic: Just heard thru the scanner that the car that was hit was being towed by another vehicle. The towed car is possibly totaled.