Gov. Shumlin: Expect More Police Presence as Search Continues For Escaped Inmates

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Shumlin Presser on Escaped Inmates (6-11-15)_252370578453186309
WATERBURY, Vt. – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says they are working tirelessly to get escaped inmates 34-year-old David Sweat and 48-year-old Richard Matt back behind bars.

Gov. Shumlin is urging Vermonters not to panic, but use common sense and stay vigilant.

At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Shumlin says Vermonters can expect to see more law enforcement, especially along Lake Champlain and remote areas where there are hunting camps.

Shumlin says they have no new information regarding the escaped inmates plans to head to Vermont.

Vermont law enforcement stressed that will have a presence, but say they do not want over-react if there are no credible threats to the state.

Officials in Vermont are working closely with police and officials in New York to locate the escaped inmates.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole for the 2002 killing of a sheriff’s deputy. Matt had been sentenced to 25 years to life for kidnapping and killing a man in 1997.

Both are considered a danger to the public. If seen, do not approach and call police.

Anyone with information should contact 911, their local police department, or New York State Police at (518)-563-3761.

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