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Something didn’t look right.

David Henneberry had been cooped up for hours, stuck inside as police searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. He ventured out for some fresh air after police lifted their order to stay indoors.

He looked at the boat parked in his yard.

What he saw brought an end to the authorities’ sweeping manhunt.

“The tarp on his winterized boat had sort of been flapping in the wind,” his stepson Robert Duffy told CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Henneberry had tied down the covering on the vessel in his backyard so firmly that it had not budged all winter long, not even through this year’s blizzards.

“He got closer and realized that one of the retention straps had literally been cut — not chafed, not broken or unhooked,” Duffy said. Henneberry saw something else — something on the tarp that looked like blood.

The Watertown resident thought some animal had forced its way into his boat. Maybe it was a squirrel, he told his stepson.

Henneberry climbed a stepladder to look inside.

“He basically stuck his head under the tarp (and) noticed a pool of blood,” Duffy said.

‘Crumpled up in a ball’

It was dark under the tarpaulin, so the boat owner could only make out vague contours, “but he definitely noticed there was something crumpled up in a ball,” the stepson said.

A pool of blood; a manhunt in Watertown; time to call 911.

Squad cars with lights flashing raced in and lined the streets. Officers fanned out around the house.

Police whisked the Henneberrys so hastily from harm’s way and into a neighbor’s house that the couple left their cell phones behind at home.

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