DA Says Prison Employee Helped Escaped Convicts

A prosecutor said Friday that a prison employee being questioned about her suspected role in the escape of two killers supplied them with prohibited items before they cut their way out of the maximum-security institution. Meanwhile, law enforcement officers refocused their search on a new area after residents reported seeing two men jumping a stone wall. District Attorney Andrew Wylie would not specify the contraband items that Joyce Mitchell allegedly provided but said they weren't the power tools that David Sweat and Richard Matt used to break out last weekend. Contraband behind bars can include such things as cellphones, weapons, drugs, tools and unauthorized clothing. The district attorney also said that in the months before the breakout, Mitchell was investigated over suspicions she had a relationship with one of the men.