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Love triangle behind double murder?

Tony Pavone Tony Pavone
Patricia Howard Patricia Howard

Dannemora, New York - February 1, 2010

Police say a jealous ex-boyfriend may be responsible for a double murder in northern New York. He remains on the run tonight and police say he's armed and dangerous.

"We've investigated 153 leads," said Captain Robert LaFountain.

Investigators continue to follow leads as they try to piece together the shooting deaths of 52-year-old Tim Carter, of Dannemora, and 43-year-old Patricia Howard of Plattsburgh. Police say the two were in Carter's home on Route 374 around 4 o'clock Sunday morning when Howard called police.

"There was call that Mr. Pavone was trespassing, was asked to leave, was knocking on the door and would not leave," said Major Richard Smith.

Police will not say how long it took from the time of the call until the first trooper arrived on scene. But when the first trooper arrived he found the front door had been broken into. Howard and Carter had been gunned down inside. Police said several shots were fired but would not say how many times the victims were shot or where.

"Certainly relationships played a part in this crime," said Smith.

Police say a relationship of several years between Pavone and Howard had just ended, and that Howard and Carter had just started a relationship.

"We have spent the entire day searching by air, use of ATVS, individuals in cars, numerous locations that we have been given by individuals that knew Mr. Pavone, that he has frequented during his lifetime," said Smith.

Investigators spent most of today searching rural areas,mainly in the Peru-Keeseville area. Police would not say why they focused on those areas, but did say they are confident Pavone is hiding in the North Country.

We asked whether they have tracked his cell phone and credit card usage, but they would not reveal those details.

Matt Henson - WCAX News

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