BOSTON — A Bluffton resident and University of Findlay professor is one of the hundreds of thousands on lockdown today in a hotel in the heart of the city.
Dr. Cara Davies, an assistant professor of clinical anatomy and neuroscience, is in Boston with her husband to attend and present to a large medical conference that was scheduled to begin Saturday.
The couple is now doing what the entire region has been told to do, staying put.
“From our hotel, I can see the I-93 interchange, and police are in riot gear on the overpasses. It really feels grave, to see that type of mobilization,” Davies said. “It’s amazing to think a 19-year-old kid can cause this type of response.”
The hotel is about five blocks from where a shootout with the alleged Marathon bombers happened Thursday night and very early Friday morning, Davies said. She and her husband were not aware of what had happened until they turned on the television about 6 a.m. today.
The American Association of Anatomists was expected to host a large conference with several thousand people, Davies said. The conference organizers had already informed those attended that the city was in a very fluid situation, and people should attend at their own discretion.
Davies and her husband plan to leave the hotel and stay with friends elsewhere in New England as soon as they feel they can travel safely.
Watching the newsfeed from inside the city, Davies said the police pace feels “frenetic,” and people there are paying close attention to the inferences about other suspects and other bombs.
“It’s like they’re up against a timeclock,” she said. “Things are scary.”