Updated 11/30/2012 07:43 AM
Police follow leads in Hyde Park homicide investigation
The only person of interest in the Hyde Park homicide investigation has been identified and eliminated by State Police. But as our Alexandra Weishaupt tells us, police are continuing to follow several other leads in this case.
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HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Seven days of searching and still no arrests in the murder of 67-year-old Laurie Ferguson. She was found stabbed to death in her Mobile Manor trailer on Thanksgiving Day. And now the only person of interest is now no longer a part of the investigation.
“We were able to identify that person while doing some neighborhood interviews and we were able to eliminate that person as having any relation to this homicide,” said New York State Police Captain Scott Brown.
But police say they have additional leads that they’re following up on. They’ve identified some roads they believe the person responsible may have taken. On Thursday, troopers combed them for any evidence that could be connected to the crime.
Crime Stoppers is now also involved with this case. The organization is offering a cash reward up to $2,500 for anyone who comes forward with information leading to an arrest.
Meanwhile, over at Mobile Manor, an atmosphere of insecurity continues to linger around Ferguson’s home where police say there were no signs of forced entry the night she was killed.
“There’s a good possibility that the victim did know the person responsible for the homicide,” said Brown.
But that person is still out there, creating a situation that continues to worry neighbors.
“It’s very weird that nobody’s seen nothing, especially when people live right next door, nobody heard nothing and everything is so close around here,” said Corey Fitzgerald. “It’s a little nerve racking.”
Investigators stress they don’t want to comment on the murder weapon at this time, but are hopeful Ferguson’s family will receive closure in the near future.
“We ask anyone who has any bit of info, as trivial or small they might think it is it could be that piece we’re looking for to crack the case,” said Brown.