Richard Aderson

Police continue to investigate 1997 homicide in Fishkill

The New York State Police continue to investigate a 1997 homicide in Fishkill.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, Richard H. Aderson, 47, of LaGrange, an assistant superintendent for the Valley Central School District, called 911 from his vehicle on I-84 near Exit 12.

Aderson, who was driving a gray 1995 Volvo sedan, reported he had been shot after being involved in a fender bender. Both vehicles pulled over and there was a verbal altercation. Aderson told the dispatcher the perpetrator fled eastbound on I-84. Aderson died while being transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh but was able to provide authorities with a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Aderson's vehicle
Aderson’s vehicle

Aderson described a white male in his late 40s to early 50s, with a medium complexion, about 6-feet tall and thin. He was said to have a receding hair line, a thin nose and to be wearing aviator-type eyeglasses. The suspect was operating a late-model Jeep Cherokee (possibly 1997) that Aderson believed was green and may have had New Hampshire plates.

A police sketch of the suspect
A police sketch of the suspect

State police have received more than 3,000 leads and have traveled across New England to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-677-7300. Refer to Case 3021797. All calls may be kept confidential.

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