Transcript for Joyce Mitchell Allegedly Passed Tools to NY Prisoners Inside Hamburger Meat
Now to the hunt for those escaped killers. New details coming in about how they broke out of prison. The worker charged with helping them admitted to smuggling tools into the prison in the hamburger meat. ABC news learned Joyce Mitchell is being investigated for possible relationships, as well with other prisoners and ABC's Linzie Janis is in owls head, New York, with the latest. Linzie, good morning. Reporter: On day 19 of this manhunt, roughly a thousand armed officers not letting up on their search and the district attorney telling me more about Joyce Mitchell's role in that brazen prison break. This morning, sources telling ABC news authorities are investigating whether Joyce Mitchell had sex with inmates other than Richard Matt and David sweat while working at the prison. This despite Lyle Mitchell's claims his wife told him she didn't sleep with either of the convicted killers. Also saying his wife is now convinced if she had shown up to be their getaway driver as they'd alleged lay planned she would have been killed. Also this morning, ABC news learning how Mitchell helped them escape. Joyce Mitchell advised us she had taken the hacksaw blades, some of the other tools, the screwdriver bit, placed them into hamburger and then put it into a refrigerator freezer in the tailor room and a correction officer would come in, collect that and then bring it into inmate Matt. Reporter: The district attorney telling us that officer is gene palmer. Did you have anything to do with their escape? No comment at this time but I'm here on my own free will to assist. Reporter: He guarded them daily. His lawyer now saying he didn't know about the tools even passing a polygraph test. He did not knowingly help these two people escape from prison but they did take advantage of people. This is my friend Ricky Matt right here. 'He a freaking crazy lunatic. Reporter: Richard Matt seen in this 1997 video before his first murder helping an acquaintance test a blow gun. Ricky with a smile. I'm loading it for you. He loaded it. Officials now combing the area around a huptdzing cabin where they said they found DNA evidence from both men. That DNA evidence found on food also in that cabin a pair of abandoned boots. Police now saying one of the men could be on the run without shoes. Robin. All right, Linzie, thank you.
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