-- New York State corrections officials investigated whether a female prison worker and one of the escaped murderers who is currently on the lam had a relationship before the duo made their daring escape, according to two sources briefed on the probe.
But the investigation ultimately concluded that there was not enough evidence to take any action against Joyce Mitchell, the sources said.
A spokeswoman for the DOC declined to comment.
State Police told reporters Wednesday Mitchell “was befriended or she befriended the inmates and may have had some sort of role in assisting them.” He would not elaborate.
Sources said that Mitchell, who has not been charged, was cooperating with investigators. They are probing whether she played a role in getting the inmates the tools they needed to escape.
Sweat, 34, and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt, 48, escaped sometime in the early morning hours of Saturday June 6 using power tools.
Sources familiar with the case previously told ABC News that authorities had questioned Mitchell over whether she was supposed to drive a getaway car Saturday night.
If so, she never showed, instead checking into a hospital 40 minutes away complaining of a panic attack.