Prison worker in spotlight after brazen New York escape – CNN

Dickinson Center, New York (CNN)Almost as soon as guards discovered that two convicted murderers had broken out of a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, the talk began that someone must have helped them. The tools they used, the knowledge they had and the intricacy of their plan left many convinced that Richard Matt and David Sweat couldn’t have done it alone.

And it didn’t take long for this speculation to focus on one person: Joyce Mitchell.

On Wednesday, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, without elaborating, said Mitchell had befriended the men and “may have had some sort of role in assisting them.” She’s told investigators that Matt made her feel “special” but didn’t specify she was in love with him, a source familiar with the investigation said.

It has all been a whirlwind for Mitchell, who was relatively anonymous until reports emerged that she had worked with Matt and Sweat, tailoring clothing at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

New York State Department of Corrections officials had previously received a complaint about Mitchell’s relationship with one of the two escaped inmates, according to a state official briefed on the investigation.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie confirmed the inquiry to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360˚” but said the allegation was unfounded.

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