AMITY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Search crews started packing up around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and things have diminished since.
News 4 spoke to the woman who sparked the massive manhunt Saturday afternoon. A little more than 24 hours later, with law enforcement gone, she remains on edge.
“Never in a million years would I have thought that I would’ve seen them, at least in this location anyway. It’s a small town, there’s not much here and it’s so far away from where they escaped from,” said Brandy Thompson.
Thompson was making pottery in a shed in her back yard when her dog Charlie started barking. She poked her head outside and spotted two men who fit the description of David Sweat and Richard Matt.
“The slimmer one with the reddish-brown hair was wearing a dark blue hoodie, the other one the other one was wearing a black t shirt,” she explained to News 4’s Dave Greber.
The problem was, the two men spotted her too.
“When my dog alerted, they obviously heard, they immediately turned around and then went back down on the other side of the tracks. My heart dropped, I grabbed the dog, I grab my cell phone and went towards the house and dial 911,” she said.
“We’re taking a 911 call from 6248 County Rd. 20 in the town of friendship. Female reporting that she may have spotted two males that match the description of the fugitives,” the 911 operator reported to police.
They didn’t find nothing – Woman who called 911 Saturday
Thompson explained what she told the 911 operator, “I told him they were suspicious and turning around and trying to cover themselves and not be seen with me. That was very suspicious to me. They didn’t really get into anything else. They started searching.”
The law enforcement presence was massive in the hours that followed. That includes Sunday morning, when several new search teams arrived in Allegany county.
They went through garages and homes, and set up checkpoints. But by the early evening, that presence had diminished considerably.
Brandy remains on edge Sunday evening. “Does it make you feel safer? No no it doesn’t. Because they didn’t find nothing and because if they’re sitting out there still waiting for everything to clear out before they move again. I can still go about my daily life, just constantly looking over my shoulder now.”
News 4 confirmed with NY State Police a shortly after 9 p.m. that the search has officially been called off in Allegany county. The schools will open Monday as scheduled, and hopefully people like Brandy Thompson can get back to their normal lives; allbeit looking over their shoulders.