Brian Dorian's release from jail Wednesday afternoon left the residents of Lowell, Ind., (population 8500) with frayed nerves.
His release means a potentially unstable killer is still on the loose. Before his arrest locals were reportedly locking their doors and loading their guns because of they feared the strange "Honey Bee Killer" was lurking.
"But you can't live your life in fear, just because something like this happened," said Jackie Hansen of nearby Crown Point.
Some residents said they weren't surprised by the dramatic turn of events, pointing out differences in the police sketch provided during the manhunt and Dorian's subsequent mug shot.
"He had a thinner face [in the sketch], and this fellow that they got had a fatter face. I said to my family, 'It was not him,' and sure enough, I was right," said Beecher resident Joanne Snuckel.
Lowell's police chief said local authorities never stopped their investigation, even after Dorian's arrest.
"There still were some holes in the whole investigation that they weren't comfortable with," said Chief John Shelhart.
The police here are asking everyone -- once again -- to be aware of their surroundings, and be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles or people, whether they match previously-issued descriptions or not.