The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department says they’ve arrested three people in connection with what was first called a “suspicious death” in Newfield on Friday, but they’re still looking for info from anyone who may know more.
Sheriff’s Deputies went to a Burdge Hill Road home in Newfield at about 5:02am on Friday, responding to a “reported cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department. They found “a white male unresponsive lying in the front yard,” who was determined to be “deceased at the scene.”
After deciding the death was suspicious, Sheriff’s deputies launched a joint investigation with the help of the New York State Police, Ithaca Police Department, and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. They say the Newfield Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, and the Tompkins County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted at the scene.
The victim was identified as 30-year-old Newfield resident Camden Rundell, and an autopsy conducted on Saturday concluded that his death was a homicide. Authorities haven’t released details on a cause of death.
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department says they arrested 37-year-old Colleen E. McColgin of Dryden and 38-year-old Jamie N. Gerhart of Ithaca in connection with the homicide. Both were arraigned on second degree murder charges in Town of Newfield Town Court before the Honorable Judge William Chernish, and both were remanded to Tompkins County jail without bail.
On Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department arrested one more suspect, 39-year-old Roy L. Clements Jr. Clements, too, was arraigned before Judge Chernish in Newfield Town Court, and remanded to Tompkins County jail without bail.
Sheriff’s investigators ask anyone who might have more information about the situation to call their anonymous tip line at 607-266-5420 or Tompkins County dispatch at 607-272-2444.