Police to expand search for escaped murderers in NY

Teams of corrections officers and a police dog walk across a field towards woods near the Clinton Correctional Facility, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Dannemora, N.Y. Search teams are back in the woods of northern New York looking for two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison a week and a half ago. The more than 800 law enforcement officers searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt have steadily shifted their focus eastward along Route 374 leading from the village of Dannemora, home to Clinton Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — State police are planning to expand their search for two escaped murderers beyond a 16-square-mile area of woods, fields and swamps in northern New York where the manhunt has been most intense, even as rainy weather hampers their progress.

Clinton County Sheriff David Favro says rain has been washing away any scent dogs might find and interfering with thermal imaging devices being used to detect body heat.

But the 800 law enforcement officers searching for convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt now have shifted their focus beyond the village of Dannemora, home of the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Matt and Sweat escaped June 6 from the maximum-security prison near the Canadian border.

Meanwhile, Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker charged with helping the killers flee, was visited in jail Tuesday by her husband.

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