DANNEMORA - State Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of Timothy Carter, 52, Dannemora, and Patricia Howard, 43, Plattsburgh.
Howard and Carter were found shot to death early Sunday in Howard's State Route 374 home on Chazy Lake.
During a press conference Monday, State Police Troop B Commander Richard C. Smith Jr. released a positive identification of the victims, which was previously not officially disclosed. Smith stated their bodies were discovered by State Police who were responding to a distress call to the Plattsburgh barracks. The initial call, Smith said, came from Howard, who claimed Anthony V. Pavone, 52, Morrisonville, was considered to be trespassing after knocking on the door of Howard's home and asked to leave.
However, the situation wasn't believed to have become violent when the authorities were contacted, said Capt. Robert LaFountain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
"There was no indication of the individual using violence or being armed at the time we received the call," said LaFountain.
LaFountain stated Carter and Howard were "acquaintances" but didn't further describe their relationship and how it did or did not relate to Howard's previous relationship with Pavone.
"What we will release is that there was a relationship, a rather long relationship between Pavone and Ms. Howard. But, that relationship was recently over with," said LaFountain.
When asked by one reporter if the double homicide was the result of a "love triangle," Smith said he wouldn't characterize the relationships in that manner.
"I wouldn't use the term love triangle but certainly relationships may have played a part in this crime," said Smith.
An autopsy of Howard conducted by Dr. Michael R. Ladwig found her cause of death to be a fatal gunshot wound. Clinton County Coroner David C. Donah ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy of Carter was scheduled to be conducted Tuesday.
As of Monday afternoon, Smith stated law enforcement agencies have intensified their search for Pavone, but stopped short of naming him a suspect in the shootings.
"We're not going to label Mr. Pavone as a suspect," said Smith, who added Pavone has no prior criminal history. "He's just an individual we need to speak to relative to this crime."
Currently, the search for Pavone continues, focusing on Clinton and Essex Counties, said LaFountain. Authorities are attempting to locate a black 2001 GMC Sierra registered to Pavone with New York registration EAK 3536. The regular cab vehicle has a plow frame, 8-foot bed and a yellow light on the roof. A rectangular Marine Corps sticker is on the vehicle's bumper and a circular Marine Corps sticker is affixed in the vehicle's rear window, according to a department report.
"We're asking the public to be especially observant for any suspicious activity ... we have no investigative leads that would lead us to believe that either Mr. Pavone or that pick-up have left the area," said Smith.
If anyone sees Pavone, who is a former U.S. Marine and retired corrections officer, he is not to be approached, authorities said. Those with any information about Pavone or his whereabouts are asked to contact authorities at 563-3761 or call 9-1-1.
"Call us and we'll check it out," said Smith.