Updated 12/22/2011 06:45 PM
Man charged with murder of Hurley woman
Police have made an arrest in a homicide in the Town of Hurley. Our Beth Croughan has more.
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HURLEY, N.Y. -- There was still a police presence at 369 Old Route 209 Thursday morning, but it was just after eight Wednesday night when they responded to a call there. That's where they found the body of 54-year-old Anne Gaffney and when police learned the man they believe killed her left her home by foot.
"Banging on the door. I said 'Oh, my goodness, there's my daughter.' And I turned the light on and there's a trooper," explained Hurley resident Greta Wolven.
She was inside her home watching TV Wednesday, when the program was disrupted by a knock at the door. That's when Wolven learned police were in her Hurley neighborhood.
"I said, 'What happened?' He said, 'some domestic dispute or something,'" she said of her conversation with the trooper.
Troopers were searching the area for the person they believe killed Anne Gaffney. They found him hiding in a neighbor's backyard.
"Approximately three-and-a-half hours later, three-quarters of a mile down the road, State Police arrested Shawn E. Tyler of that same residence," explained State Police Captain Joseph Tripodo.
Tripodo said Tyler was one of Gaffney's tenants. Police believe Gaffney was killed during a robbery for money. Tripodo said it appeared she died from blunt force trauma from an unknown object. He said that would be determined during the autopsy.
"The 911 call, I believe, was made from another tenant," said Tripodo.
Tripodo believed five people lived at 369 Old Route 209. And a neighbor, along the street of mostly single-family homes, said he's had concerns there before.
"It's been a problem home. They've had transients living in there," said Ken O'Connor.
We reached out to Gaffney's family, but were told they declined to comment.
In the meantime, Tyler has been arraigned in court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.