Decades old NY cold case may have connection to NH
A 20-year-old homicide investigation stemming from a road rage incident in New York may have a connection to the Granite State.
New York State 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.
Aderson’s death continues to be actively investigated by police, and over 3,000 leads have been followed throughout the investigation, which has taken members of law enforcement across New England.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation by calling 845-677-7300. Please refer to SJS # 3021797.