Residents in the Cadyville-area were at the center of the manhunt to find Richard Matt and David Sweat on Thursday. Some were on lockdown, others were taking precautions to protect themselves.
“Very surreal almost like a movie but they don’t have the ending yet,” said Linda Carpenter. She lives on Route 3 in Cadyville. She spent Thursday, watching all the action on Trudeau Road.
“I wasn’t really nervous until [Wednesday] night when the helicopters were really flying low and the State Police were lined up on the Trudeau Road across the road,” said Carpenter.
Police stayed local, zoning in on a wooded area just 3 miles from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, still searching for Richard Matt and David Sweat.
“At this time we are remaining in the area until we have conducted a thorough search we are looking behind every rock every tree and inside every structure until we find these two,” said Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, with New York State Police.
District Attorney Andrew Wylie says dogs lead investigators there.
“There is the potentiality that the 2 escapees had been in there, were bedding down in that location for a period of time,” said Wylie.
Highway 374 was closed at Rand Hill Road for all of Thursday. Residents there are adjusting to their new normal.
“It’s a little hectic, you cant go wherever you want today. The road blocks have just become a normal thing on my way to work,” said Toby Trombley who lives on Rand Hill Road. “Other than that, i don’t know, hopefully they catch them.”
Karrie Dessureault has planted baseball bats throughout her home for protection
“You watch the movies, like Shawshank and stuff and you think, what if that happened? But you don’t really think that’s it gonna happen,” said Karrie Dessureault. “You think, that stuff is never going to happen to us. We live in a small town.”