NY Prison Escape: Inmates Kept Notes About Escape Plan on Cell Walls, Source Says
Comes as investigators believe the trail has gone cold.
By MEGHAN KENEALLY, DOUG LANTZ, AARON KATERSKY and JOSH MARGOLIN
June 16, 2015, 9:55 PM
• 5 min read
-- The convicted murderers who remain at large kept notes on their cell walls and inside the pipes that they used as their escape route ahead of their break from an upstate New York prison 11 days ago, an official involved in the investigation told ABC News.
The notes may have helped Richard Matt and David Sweat prepare for their escape as they spent months mapping out their escape through steam tunnels, the source said.
The notes had in turn served as a trail of clues for investigators, the source said, though authorities now face the prospect of a dearth of new evidence.
Three officials briefed on the ongoing search in upstate New York told ABC News that the consensus is that the trail has grown cold.
There are currently discussions among senior state and federal officials who are trying to decide what the next steps should be and what, if anything, should be said publicly, sources said.
State officials are trying to determine, according to these sources, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo or another representative of his administration might make a public statement acknowledging that the active all-hands search might have stopped being productive and that a new long-term investigative phase needs to start.