Tips prompted NY detectives to reach out to NH over cold case murder
New York State Police investigating a 20-year-old homicide stemming from a road rage incident said they recently reached out to New Hampshire media because they have received many tips.
New York State Police Senior Investigator Kelly Taylor told NH1 News that they have been following up on tips throughout New England, and the team of investigators thought it would be beneficial to disseminate information regarding the case to the New Hampshire public at this time.
Police said around 6 p.m. Feb. 5, 1997, they responded to Interstate 84, approximately one-fifth of a mile west of Exit 12 in the Town of Fishkill, after Richard H. Aderson, 47 of LaGrange, New York, contacted 911 and reported that he had been shot.
Aderson, a former assistant superintendent for the Valley Central School District, was traveling east on I-84 in a gray, 1995, four-door Volvo sedan when he was involved in a fender bender, approximately 4 miles east of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge toll plaza.
Both vehicles pulled over to the side of the roadway by Exit 12 in Fishkill, and a verbal altercation reportedly ensued. Aderson called Dutchess County 911 and reported that he had been shot by the perpetrator who had fled eastbound on Interstate 84.
Aderson provided authorities with information about the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle before he succumbed to his injuries while being transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh.
The suspect was described as being a white male, in his late 40s to 50, with a medium complexion, approximately 6-feet-tall with a thin build. He was said to have a receding hair line, a thin nose, and was wearing aviator type eyeglasses.
He was operating a late model Jeep Cherokee (possibly 1997) that was believed to be green in color and may have had New Hampshire license plates.
Taylor said over the course of their investigation, police have received 1,000's of tips from the public, and they have also worked with various law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire.