Fourth suspect arrested in Newfield murder, says Sheriff’s Department

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department announced this morning that a fourth suspect in last week’s “suspicious death” was arrested on Monday. 39-year-old Melissa J. Minnick of Ithaca was arrested on charges of conspiracy in the fourth degree.

Melissa J. Minnick, arrested on Monday. Photo provided.

Melissa J. Minnick, arrested on Monday. Photo provided.

Minnick joins three suspects from the Ithaca area arrested over the weekend and charged with murder in the second degree. She was arraigned before the Honorable Judge William Chernish in Town of Newfield Town Court, according to a statement from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

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. On Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department arrested one more suspect, 39-year-old Roy L. Clements Jr. All three were remanded to county jail without bail over the weekend on second degree murder charges.

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.

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