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Federal agents raided the New York home of the granddaughter of one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives, acting on a tip he might have been seen there, leaving the woman fuming at authorities.
Eugene Palmer, who would now be 82, disappeared into the woods after allegedly shooting his daughter-in-law in 2012, according to The Times Herald-Record. Tammy Palmer, the victim, had previously accused Eugene’s son, John Palmer, of assault and filed a restraining order him shortly before her death.
Despite accusations of domestic violence, Tammy continued living in the home owned by Eugene Palmer, until he allegedly murdered her.
Palmer went to his sister’s house after the shooting and allegedly confessed, according to the Herald-Record. His 1995 Dodge Ram truck was discovered in the woods shortly after.
On Tuesday, a tip alleging that Palmer was at his granddaughter’s home led agents to the town of Warwick in Orange County, according to NBC New York. Palmer wasn't there, and his granddaughter, Jamie Lynn Rose, took to social media to voice her frustration.
“They were in the tree on my roof, they handcuffed me and my children the (sic) raided my house broke my furniture..they pointed guns at my 7 year old child,” Rose posted on Facebook, according to NBC New York.
The nature of the tip that led agents to Rose’s house was not specified.
“We received information early Tuesday morning regarding the possible whereabouts of Eugene Palmer, an FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive, who is believed to be armed and dangerous,” said FBI spokesperson Amy Thoreson, according to the Rockland Times. “We respond to every lead, call, or tip with all appropriate resources as we continue to seek to locate this dangerous fugitive, and we take every legal precaution to assure the safety of citizens and law enforcement when responding.”
Investigators believe that on Sept. 24, 2012, Palmer hid in the woods as Tammy Palmer, 39, returned home from dropping her two children off at their bus stop, according to the New York Post. Palmer allegedly used a shotgun to shoot Tammy from a distance, first getting her in the arm and then missing her on the second shot.
A third shot struck Tammy in the chest as she was in the driveway, said the FBI, as cited by The Post.
Palmer went on the run and was never seen again, despite many searches over the years.
Due to his age and health, whether Palmer is still alive has been the subject of skepticism for years. Described by CBS New York as “a cunning hunter and survivalist,” some wondered if Palmer could survive without his medication, which he took to treat heart disease and diabetes.
Hope for a resolution to his whereabouts was renewed when Palmer’s oldest son, Clarence Palmer, along with his friend, came upon skeletal remains in Harriman State Park back in 2013, according to The Time Herald-Record.
The Medical Examiner, however, determined that the bones belonged to an animal.
“It would have been nice to put this to bed,” Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller told the Herald-Record. “The bones are not human. They are some kind of animal. We move on.”
Clarence Palmer is the father of Jamie Lynn Rose.
“Thanks for wasting my time, traumatizing my children and wasting tax payers money. I literally still feel like I can’t breathe,” Rose continued in the Facebook post cited by NBC New York. “LEAVE MY FAMILY ALONE.”
Eugene Palmer has been the focus of many high-profile specials. In March, he was featured on the first episode of the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ reboot, as previously reported by Oxygen.com.
The FBI has issued a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Eugene Palmer is described as an auto racing enthusiast and an experienced hunter and outdoorsman.
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