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'Shawshank' prison escape: 'Handsome' inmate may have seduced female jail worker

New York state officials are investigating whether a civilian staff member or contractor helped a pair of convicted murders to escape from a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, Governor Andrew Cuomo said today.

Several hundred law enforcement officials were in their third day of searching for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles (30 km) south of the Canadian border.

"I would be shocked if a guard was involved, and that's putting it mildly," Cuomo told CNN. "But we're looking at the civilian employees now and the private contractors to see if possibly if a civil employee or contractor was assisting the escape because they wouldn't have equipment on their own, that's for sure."

A female employee of facility was interrogated by investigators who viewed her as a possible accomplice, the New York Post reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources.

New York is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the men it describes as dangerous and have notified law enforcement in Canada and Mexico about the fugitives, the first to escape in the prison's 150-year history.

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Richard Matt, 48, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters

Richard Matt, 48, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters

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This May 21, 2015 photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat

This May 21, 2015 photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat

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Picture taken from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Flickr page

Picture taken from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Flickr page

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A note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is seen in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015. REUTERS/New York Governor's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

A note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is seen in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015. REUTERS/New York Governor's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo inspects an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015.  REUTERS/New York Governor's Press

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo inspects an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015. REUTERS/New York Governor's Press

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The pair are believed to have cut through the steel walls at the back of their adjoining cells and escaped through a steam pipe. They left behind a note reading "have a nice day."

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Law enforcement officers search for two escaped prisoners Sunday, June 7, 2015, near Dannemora, N.Y. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP)

Law enforcement officers search for two escaped prisoners Sunday, June 7, 2015, near Dannemora, N.Y. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP)

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Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo examines the escape route

Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo examines the escape route

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Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo examines the escape route

Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo examines the escape route

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A note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is seen in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015. REUTERS/New York Governor's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

A note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is seen in this New York Governor's Press Office handout photo taken June 6, 2015 and released on June 7, 2015. REUTERS/New York Governor's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

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Cuomo warned that the pair could have traveled a great distance since escaping: "They could be literally anywhere in the country now, these are really dangerous individuals."

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