Amid thousands of runners and spectators, FBI agents have been able to narrow their search down to two people. The FBI released surveillance photos Thursday showing the two men they believe are responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.
Agents said the men planned the attack together. Surveillance video showed the men walking closely on Boylston Street.
Just before the explosions, police said they have video of the man in the white hat planting one bomb.
Investigators said now they need the public to be their eyes and ears, and identify who these men are and where they could be.
For local runners who witnessed the horrific bombings, this breakthrough means they're another step closer to ending a very real nightmare.
ABC 17 News has been in touch with a group of local runners who ran the race. Shelly Frazier is among the group, she said she is relieved to see these pictures clearly show these two men and hopes they lead to an arrest.
“It would just be closure on the bad day,” said Frazier. She was only a few hundred feet from the attacks at Monday's marathon. “I just heard this loud explosion like a cannon,” Frazier explained.
Now, a step toward closure comes as police get closer to solving the crime. “It’s wonderful that they have gotten this far this quickly, you know everybody is sitting on pins and needles wanting information,” said Frazier.
ABC 17 News sat down with Frazier to look at the photos right after police released the latest information. She was shocked by the detailed pictures and video, especially since the two men blended in so well.
ABC 17 News crews asked Frazier if she would have given the men a second glance, and she said “No, no, absolutely not. That’s everybody, those two people are everybody down there you know?”
While Frazier never saw the men, she is confident other people did, or simply recognizes who they are. “I think these are pretty detailed images that somebody knows these people, probably many people know these people,” said Frazier.
While it is a race to get these criminals off the street, Frazier is amazed by how fast the case is moving. For her, it is a sign police are going in the right direction. “It’s hopeful ... It’s hopeful that we are on the right path,” said Frazier.
On Thursday, President Obama spoke at a service honoring the three people killed and more than 180 hurt from Monday’s explosions.
He said Boston will recover and run again, even though the bombings may have momentarily knocked the city off its feet.