Suffolk County Crime Stoppers Increases Reward to $30,000 in 1990 Death of Suffolk County Police Detective

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers have announced an increase to $30,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the death ...

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Detective Wustenhoff died shortly after a bomb exploded as he attempted to start his unmarked police vehicle that was parked in front of his Patchogue home on February 15, 1990. Detective Wustenhoff, who was assigned to the Narcotics Section at the time of his death, was survived by his wife, Fran, two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, and a son, Kevin, who joined the department in 2005.

“We believe someone out there has information that could help solve this case and I would like to thank Suffolk County Crime Stoppers for their assistance to help bring the person or people responsible to justice,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “The department continues to utilize every available resource, including working with the FBI, to solve this case.”

“It is particularly important to solve this case as Detective Wustenhoff was killed in the line of duty and no one has been held accountable for his murder,” Suffolk County Crime Stoppers Vice President Pat Fazio said. “We are hopeful the increase in reward money will prompt someone to come forward with information. “

Anyone with information can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing the P3 Tips mobile appor online. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.