The two convicted murderers who escaped a New York maximum security prison near the Canadian border had to have been overheard by someone while they were planning the “elaborate” plot, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, as bloodhounds and helicopters were on the hunt for them.

Cuomo said Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, staged “a really elaborate, sophisticated operation” Saturday that ended at a manhole cover blocks away from the prison.

“They were heard, they had to be heard,” Cuomo told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sunday.

The men had filled their beds inside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora with clothes to appear as though they were sleeping. They left behind a note — a yellow square of paper with a smiling, bucktoothed face, along with the words, “Have a nice day.”

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