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Haverstraw Detectives Have Received Numerous Tips In Hunt For Eugene Palmer

Eugene Palmer
Eugene Palmer Photo Credit: Haverstraw Police Department

In the few weeks since the Haverstraw police put out a new call for tips to help track down the Stony Point fugitive accused of gunning down his daughter-in-law five years ago,  police said Friday they are still hot on Eugene Palmer's trail and following every lead.

"We have received quite a few tips," said Detective Sgt. George Lutz.

But nothing has panned out to date. That doesn't mean the detectives working the case are giving up.

"I don't care how small something might be, it could be the one tip that hits," Lutz said.

Lutz wants to make sure that Palmer, wherever he might be, knows that police are looking for him and he needs to be on edge.

"We are in a proactive mode and the case is ongoing," said Lutz.

Palmer, 78, whose family has lived for generations in Stony Point, is wanted for the Sept. 24, 2012, shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer.

Tammy Palmer was estranged from his son, John, whom she had accused of assault.

On the day Palmer allegedly shot his 39-year-old daughter-in-law, he waited for her to send her two children off to school before shooting her three times with a shotgun in her driveway, police said.

Palmer then drove to his niece's home shortly after and confessed to the crime, left money for his taxes, and then asked for an hour's lead time before she reported the homicide.

He is believed to have fled into Harriman State Park where his scent was picked up by bloodhounds near a campsite in the park, police said.

Since that time, Palmer has been in the wind, but not forgotten by the Haverstraw detectives working the brutal killing: "A little scrap of information could lead to him," said Lutz.

Anyone with information is asked to the Haverstraw Police Department at 845-354-1500 or email their tipline at TIPS@HAVERSTRAWPOLICE.ORG . Lutz said tipsters can also message the department through their Facebook page.

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