COPS: Mountain Man Wanted for Murdering Daughter-in-Law Suspected to Still Be Alive


Harriman State Park, N.Y. –  A 73-year-old man who police believe escaped into a vast New York forest after allegedly gunning down his daughter-in-law seven months ago and was widely believed to be dead, may be alive and on the run, authorities tell

Eugene Palmer, of Stony Point, N.Y., is wanted in the Sept. 24 shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, in what authorities described as a “cold-blooded” and “premeditated” murder.

“I don’t believe he’s in that park. He’s been out of that park since September.”

– Haverstraw Police Sgt. George Lutz

Palmer waited for his 39-year-old daughter-in-law to place her to two children on a school bus before shooting her three times with a bolt action shotgun as she walked up the driveway toward her home, police said. Palmer, a retired part-time park ranger, then fled into Harriman State Park — a 46,000-acre stretch of woodland filled with caves, root cellars and abandoned mine shafts that borders the man’s home, according to police.

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