Eugene Palmer Wanted for Alleged Murder of Tammy Palmer in Haverstraw, New York
Palmer faces a murder charge three years after disappearing into the Harriman State Park woods less than a mile from his home where he’s accused of shot-gunning his daughter-in-law to death. The only trace police found of the then-73-year-old woodsman was his broken-down 1995 Dodge Ram truck, a quarter-mile up a road in the woods, not far from his house on Willow Grove Road.
“We still believe that he is very much alive and that he has been, or is being assisted by others,” Haverstraw police Detective Michael Cruger said Friday on the third anniversary of Tammy Palmer’s death and her father-in-law’s disappearance. “We also believe that there are others who have not come forward yet that may have some information on where he is or has been.”
Family members said Eugene Palmer died in the nearly 42,000-acre park. They said he suffered from diabetes, a heart condition, needing insulin and blood thinners.
Tammy Palmer was shot Sept. 24, 2012, outside a house on Eugene Palmer’s property, bordering the state park. She and her father-in-law had a contentious relationship, police and family said. Tammy Palmer had separated from Eugene Palmer’s son, John, and accused him of assault. They had two children.
In the first two weeks after the killing, police searched the woods with two dozen officers using bloodhounds and dogs trained to find cadavers. On a theory an accomplice might have picked up Eugene Palmer, police had traveled to Arizona, Colorado and upstate New York hunting areas to check possible hideouts, according to Palmer’s brothers. Police also alerted Interpol.
His family and friends also searched the woods, including areas inhabited by rattlesnakes. At one point, they found bones they initially claimed were Eugene Palmer’s, but turned out to be bear remains. The suspects’ family and friends have complained police have given up on the search.
Police Chief Charles Miller once said, “Every place I go I am asked, ‘Have you found Mr. Palmer?’ Everyone has an opinion as to where Mr. Palmer is. They tell me he’s in Canada. Or he’s in Mexico. You name it, they’ve named some country or city.”
A Rockland grand jury indicted Eugene Palmer on charges, including second-degree murder. The indictment and nationwide warrant would mean police could arrest Palmer on sight, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe has said. Homicides have no statute of limitations.
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