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Woman who found Vance glad she could help end manhunt

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OKLAHOMA - Cathy RomanNose was on her friend Don Williamson's land, looking for firewood, when they saw it.

"We were out there, going down the creek bed, looking for the tree we were going to get, and Don goes 'Hey, there's a car over there,'" RomanNose said.

RomanNose said she recognized the car from the news.

It was partially buried under some brush.

"I got to looking some more, and I thought that car looks familiar and I said that looks like that guy that's shooting people," she said. "It looked just like it. We were pretty sure it was him. We just thought he was dead."

But, as they got back to their vehicle to call 911, the silver car took off.

"I looked back, and there he goes, just took off out of there, just flying - I mean, flying," RomanNose said.

"He got onto that road up there, and he cranked it up. He was hooking it up," Williamson said.

From there, we know Michael Vance stole a truck and shot the Dewey County sheriff, when he tried to pull him over.

His journey ultimately ended in a shootout with OHP.

Williamson took troopers back into the area where they found Vance's campsite, dry ashes from his campfire and several items stolen from a nearby barn.

Williamson said the lawman were extremely careful at the camp.

"They took their pistols out, and I walked behind them. They said look out for booby-traps," Williamson said.

RomanNose said she didn't realize just how serious the situation was until she saw how it ended.

"I thought, he could've shot us, we could've been dead in the creek," she said.

She's glad she played a small part in bringing the manhunt for the dangerous fugitive to an end.