If you plan on escaping the city and visiting Harriman State Park this weekend, you may want to reconsider — police say a suspected murderer is hiding out in the upstate park’s 45,000 acres.
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission is advising people to avoid hiking in the park’s back country this weekend as police continue their search for suspected murderer Eugene Palmer.
Palmer is eyed in the murder of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, following an argument about her estranged husband/Eugene Palmer’s son.
Police say Palmer confessed to family members that he fatally shot Tammy Palmer on Monday.
Authorities found Palmer’s green pickup truck near the park on Tuesday and suspect that’s where he’s hiding out.
Police continue to search for Palmer — who is a former
park ranger with a lot of outdoors experience — although they’ve shifted to air patrol, hoping that a less aggressive approach might cause him to come out of the woods and turn himself in.
This is a busy time of year for the park, as hikers and
bird watchers escape the grind of city life to see changing leaves and pretend they’re outdoorsy.
Palisades Interstate Park Commission Executive
Director Jim Hall tells WCBS that while hiking the back country is
discouraged, people can still visit day use areas like Lake Tiorati.