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‘Shawshank’-style NY prison escapees may be hiding in Vermont

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says police in his state are on alert and a public awareness campaign is being launched in case the escaped convicts from northern New York try to take refuge in Vermont.

Shumlin and Col. Thomas L’Esperance of Vermont State Police joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a media briefing Wednesday afternoon at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Shumlin says the awareness campaign will include information posted at campgrounds and state parks where people may not be tuned in to the latest news.

Cuomo says investigators received information suggesting Vermont was discussed by inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt as a possible destination.

Cuomo says the inmates could have had a head start of as much as six hours before their absence was discovered around dawn Saturday.

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