Police confer outside the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 12, 2015 in Dannemora, NY.
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June 12, 2015 9:28 AM EDT

Officials in Dannemora, New York have discovered footprints belonging to the two men who escaped from a maximum security prison last week, as a prison employee reportedly admitted providing tools for their escape.

After investigators noticed the footprints outside a Mobil gas station in the town, they brought in bloodhounds that picked up the scent of the two escaped killers, CBS News reports. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie confirmed the breakthrough to CBS News Friday morning.

Dogs had also detected their scent in Cadyville, several miles away, though it’s unclear when the men would have been in each location since escaping from Clinton Correctional Facility early on Saturday. The footprints may indicate that the two men, David Sweat and Richard Matt, are on foot.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Mitchell said prison employee Joyce Mitchell had “provided some form of equipment or tools” to the escaped pair. These included hacksaw blades and drill bits according to CNN, which cited anonymous sources close to the investigation.


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