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Police: Double-murder suspect may be dead

Dannemora, New York - February 3, 2010

"It's unnerving that something like this could happen here," said Michael Maggy of Dannemora.

After four days of searching and more than 300, the whereabouts of a murderer in Clinton County remain unknown.

"We're checking by air, by vehicle, by ATV, by boat," New York State Police Lt. Brent Davison said. "We know who we're looking for; we just have to find him."

New York State Police suspect Tony Pavone, 52, of Plattsburgh, shot and killed Patricia Howard and her boyfriend Tim Carter Sunday at Carter's home near Chazy Lake. Police call it a crime of passion. Pavone and Howard had dated off and on and police suspect that relationship played a role in the crime.

In addition to numerous searches, police are monitoring credit cards and bank accounts but nothing has turned up.

"We've even been checking money wiring businesses to see how-- family members or something like that-- might have wired him money recently and so far we have come up with nothing to indicate he's alive and on the run anywhere," Davison said.

While police believe Pavone may have committed suicide, his disappearance has put the community of Dannemora on edge.

"It's a concern," Maggy said. "I feel he's probably not around here but if my mom was going to go up to the lake and spend the day she might think twice about it."

Pavone is a former Marine with sniper training and until three years ago was a corrections officer at the Dannemora prison.

Just down the street from the prison in the town of Dannemora the homicide is the talk of the town. No one agreed to speak with WCAX on camera, but several of Pavone's former co-workers tell us he's a nice guy and they're shocked he's the subject of a murder investigation.

Several of those former co-workers also tell WCAX they believe Pavone likely took his own life. But until a body is found, police say the search will continue. A case far from closed-- as community searches for answers.

Police nationwide and in Quebec are on the lookout for Pavone. His picture was distributed to border officials and the ferry company on Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain Transportation officials tell us they're familiar with Pavone because he tried to board the Grand Isle ferry two years ago but refused to let them search his car and was denied boarding.

Keagan Harsha - WCAX News

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