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Detectives Pursue New Leads In 2012 Hudson Valley Daughter-In-Law Murder

Eugene Palmer
Eugene Palmer Photo Credit: Haverstraw Police Department

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's been almost five years since Stony Point resident Eugene Palmer was accused of gunning down his daughter-in-law, but Haverstraw police are still hot on his trail and following every lead.

Including acting on new information that has led the determined Haverstraw detectives out of state.

"We are in a proactive mode and the case is ongoing," said Haverstraw Det. Sgt. Goerge Lutz. "We have recently received new information that has led our investigation out of state."

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, police said.

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

Palmer's family claim their father died in Harriman State Park that borders the family's property, but Lutz disagrees: "We have no evidence whatsoever that would lead us to believe that Eugene Palmer is not alive," he said.

Lutz suspects he is living in another state under an assumed name.

"I can't imagine he would be using his real name," he added.

The Haverstraw detectives said they are following up on the new lead with the assistance of federal and local authorities.

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, police said.

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.

"We are asking the public to call with any tips no matter how small," Lutz said. "We follow up on every lead and one tip could lead to Palmer."

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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