CATSKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A search was called off on Tuesday in connection to the disappearance of Audrey May Herron who went missing nearly 14 years ago.
Investigators conducted an extensive search of property on Cauterskill Road in Catskill on Tuesday. They drained a pond and excavated earth. But no new evidence was found and dashed the hopes of Herron’s loved ones who are still seeking closure.
“It sucks,” Herron’s friend Marie Parker said. “A lot of us thought this was it.”
STATEMENT FROM STATE POLICE:
State Police at Catskill conducted an extensive search for a piece of property located off of Cauterskill Road in the Town of Catskill as a result of some information in relation to the Audrey Herron Missing Person Case. The search of the area began last week and was narrowed down to a small pond and the area around it. The pond was drained and several areas were excavated with negative results. The State Police were assisted at the location by the Greene County Highway Department, The Leeds Fire Department and the Greene County District Attorney’s Office.
The case remains active and anyone with information is requested to contact the State Police Catskill at 518-622-8600.
Parker hoped Tuesday would be the day that Herron would finally be brought home. But just like 1,000 other leads authorities have followed, Tuesday’s search was unsuccessful.
Parker wished she hadn’t gotten her hopes up.
“Why don’t you wait until you got something concrete,” she wondered.
New York State Police said a letter was sent to a Greene County judge, which led investigators to search 3.5 acres of the Catskill property. Investigators brought divers and cadaver dogs but came up empty handed.
“Unfortunately, for the time being, it’s proven negative,” NYSP Troop F Capt. Pierce Gallagher said. “And if anything else comes along, we’ll pursue that as well.”
Word of the new lead came last week. Herron’s mother and her daughter called it the “strongest yet.” The property is just a five-minute drive from where the 31-year-old was last seen leaving her nursing job.
The property used to belong to a man who is currently in jail. But now investigators are back to square one.
“But that unknown is like not waking up from a nightmare,” Parker said.
It’s a bad dream shrouded in mystery. Police call it an extremely unique case.
“Audrey Herron disappeared along with her vehicle,” Gallagher explained. “Not a lot of cases like that where the vehicle as well went missing.”RELATED: Police release major leads in Audrey May Herron’s decade-old missing person case
It was in that jeep where Parker shared some of her best memories with Herron.
“Riding in the car with the girls, heading to the mall, listening to Madonna,” she recalled.
A true friend, who like so many others in the community, won’t ever stop searching.
“I would give my left arm to get that girl back to her kids and her mom,” Parker said.
Police ask anyone with information to come forward.