The man police have been searching for since Friday’s double homicide in the Town of Binghamton is now in custody. Aaron Powell, 39, was in court Tuesday night, pleading not guilty to two murder charges. As our Elyse Mickalonis tells us, Powell was extradited back to New York Tuesday afternoon after many hours of police work.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- After four days of hiding from police, Aaron Powell, 39, was escorted into the Town of Binghamton Courthouse with his head hanging low.
"It is our belief that over the past several days, Mr. Aaron Powell has been in and around the Springville, Pennsylvania area, in the Montrose, Pennsylvania area,” said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
Powell entered a not guilty plea to two counts of second degree murder. He was identified as the main person of interest in connection with Friday’s double homicide in the Town of Binghamton after the body of his wife, Christina Powell, 35, was found.
"Around 11:21 in the morning, Broome County Sheriff’s received a phone call from some friends of Christina’s asking us to help check her welfare at her residence at 4185 Lisi Lane,” said Harder.
Once inside, police found the bodies of Christina Powell and her friend, Mario Masciarelli, 24, and shortly after, they began searching for Christina’s estranged husband, Aaron Powell.
"The investigation started there with the assistance from the Binghamton Police forensics and detectives, New York State Police forensics and investigators and some of the investigators from the Vestal Police Department,” said Harder.
Meanwhile, tips were coming in from all over New York State and Pennsylvania. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says 176 leads were logged and looked into, leading them to Montrose. Tuesday morning, they got their break.
"Shortly after 9 o'clock today, Mr. Powell contacted a family member and close personal friend by telephone. The phone call was made and we were able to trace it back and pinpoint it to a location,” said Harder. “Authorities in Pennsylvania were notified and a probation officer did spot the person of interest, Mr. Powell, in Montrose."
Police also located the 2007 black GMC Yukon Denali that Powell was driving in a remote area outside of Montrose. It was towed to Pennsylvania State Police Gibson Barracks with the hope of finding more evidence and answers.
Investigators have not yet released the cause of the deaths, but say autopsy results have confirmed each death as a homicide.
They are still trying to figure out where he spent the past several days and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts during that time to call the Sheriff's department at (607) 778-1911.
The Broom County Sheriff's Department held a news conference to give an update on the investigation. Watch it here:
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