Dozens of police officers, including state and federal authorities, have been scouring the woods in Cold Spring in an intense manhunt for 63-year-old Sang Ho Kim.
Authorities said Kim’s white Honda SUV was found abandoned Wednesday night at nearby Sandy Beach Park and believe Kim fled on foot into the woods.
“The suspect had a connection to the Hudson Valley, perhaps 20 years ago, perhaps to this area, when this suspect vacationed in this area,” Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith said. ”We believe the suspect knew this area and didn’t come here by accident.”
Police are working under the assumption that Kim is armed and at large, but authorities said they are considering all possibilities including that he may have killed himself or fled the region.
“There are thousands of acres that we’re in the process of searching methodically. It’s not going to happen overnight, it’s going to take a period of time,” said Maj. Mike Kopy with New York State police. “We’re prepared to go a number of days if not longer to find this individual.”
Background about what happened on LI:
The suspect allegedly shot and killed Yong Jae Shin, a young man who worked at Savenergy. He also allegedly shot John Choi, the CEO of the small company selling energy efficient LED lighting fixtures, in the head. John is in critical condition but is expected to survive.
The Cold Spring manhunt led to an hours-long lockout at all schools in the Beacon City School District Thursday. The school has not posted any information about a continuation of the safety procedures yet today.
All exterior doors at schools in the district were locked and students weren’t allowed outside, officials said. This lasted until the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill police told the schools it was safe to lift the restrictions, police said.
Beacon police said they advised the school district to implement the procedures as a precaution and not because the suspect was near any Beacon schools. Dismissal times were normal and all after-school activities were to be held, as scheduled, school officials said.
Haldane schools were closed Thursday because of the manhunt, and all activities and transportation were canceled.
The role of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in the manhunt was minimal, though they were prepared to provide additional assistance if the suspect moved across county lines, into Dutchess County, Capt. John Watterson said.
Watterson said the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office provided two all-terrain vehicle units to aid in the search.
Sang Ho Kim is described as 6'2", 63 years old, last seen wearing a red shirt and a gray or brown suit.