Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN this morning that Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell provided “provided some form of equipment or tools” to Richard Matt, the allegedly big-dicked prisoner who escaped last Friday.

Sources later told CNN that the tools included drill bits, special lighted eyeglasses, and hacksaw blades, which Matt and his partner David Sweat used to cut through a cell wall and a 24-inch steam pipe.

While no arrest has been made, the Albany Times Union reports that Mitchell has confessed to helping the prisoners escape, and authorities believe that she had some sort of inappropriate relationship with Matt. CNN sources claim Mitchell told investigators that Matt made her feel “special” and that she made phone calls to people connected to the convicted murderer, and former co-workers have also described her as a “troublemaker.” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico has also accused Mitchell of planning to pick up the escaped convicts (she reportedly checked herself into the hospital instead).

Yesterday morning, dogs reportedly picked up the scent of Matt and Sweat in Dannemora, the town that houses Clinton Correctional Facility, and led authorities to an area where they spent at least one night. Schools remain closed in the area as hundreds of law enforcement agents continue to search the area surrounding the town, which residents told the Albany Times Union consists of “thick forest, swampland and a sand pit.”

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