Police searching for missing man in the Catskill area

CATSKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police conducted a search for a missing man in the Catskill area on Thursday.

John Trillo is from Spain. He’s lived most of his life near New York City. He moved to a house off Tool House Road outside of Catskill in June. Usually, it’s pretty mundane.

“To me, every day is the same,” he said.

Until Thursday when police were outside his home early.

“I think it was around 6:30 in the morning,” he said. “They were knocking on the door.”

It surprised Trillo, but the reason why they were there shocked him.

“They told me they were looking for somebody or a body,” he said.

They focused their search outside three small homes along Tool House Road. In the afternoon, they brought in an excavator and began digging behind a garage.

Police sent a press release stating they were conducting searches in Catskill involving the investigation into the disappearance of Brandyn Dayne Foster. He was reported missing under suspicious circumstances on January 30 to the Woodstock Police Department.

Trillo said he was told by police that whoever rented his home before him may be connected to Foster’s disappearance.

Trillo pointed out a camera on the outside of his house. It was there when he moved in, but for what, he doesn’t know.

“I have no idea but something must have been going on here,” he said.

As police continued to dig, neighbors wonder what’s next.

“I never expected anything like this to happen here.”

Neighbors also said police searched a home on Broome Street near the elementary school. They were told they were not in any danger.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New York State Police at (518) 622-8600.

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