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Fugitives spotted on Upper Titus Mountain

MOUNTAIN VIEW – Escaped killers Richard Matt and David Sweat were spotted late Monday night at Upper Titus Mountain above Studley Hill Road, the Press-Republican has learned.

Helicopters continuously circled the site from around 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The local, state and federal forces involved in the manhunt for the Clinton Correctional Facility escapees are dealing with difficult terrain and will work Tuesday under conditions made even more challenging by the rain.

Matt, 48, and Sweat, 35, escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.

Matt and Sweat used power tools, over time, to cut a hole in the back of their adjacent cells, authorities say.Then they went through the holes, climbed down a six-story catwalk in the innards of the prison, broke through a wall, cut through a steam pipe, shimmied to a manhole and cut the lock that held the cover in place.

They climbed out to freedom on Bouck Street, a couple of blocks from the Dannemora prison.

A supervisor in the prison tailor shop, Joyce Mitchell, 51, of Dickinson Center, has been charged with assisting Sweat and Matt by slipping them hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit.

She was charged Friday, June 12, with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor. Additional charges against her are being considered.