NY couple charged in death of Lyon Mountain woman

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 10:23 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2021 at 7:08 PM EDT
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SCHUYLER FALLS, N.Y. (WCAX) - A New York couple faces murder charges in connection with the death of a Schuyler Falls woman.

New York State Police say Crisie Luebbers, 46, of Lyon Mountain, was found dead at a home on 98 Blake Road in Schuyler Falls. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

Police on Wednesday arrested the homeowners, Craig Foster, 37, of Keeseville, and Nicole Cayea, 42, of Schuyler Falls, on charges of second-degree murder.

While New York State Police were offering minimal information Wednesday, news of the murder and arrests traveled fast in Schuyler Falls.

“I mean, everyone must be hearing about it because we have had traffic up and down the road,” said Darlene Barnell, a local resident. “Never heard of anything like this. This road has always been quiet. People watch out for people around here. Who would ever know that your neighbor is a murderer?”

“We don’t need that stuff around here, there are so many little kids down the road, we don’t want it here,” said Ricky Gonyea, a neighbor.

New York State Police say they went to the house to follow up on a missing person report. They later found Luebbers dead at the home and say Foster and Cayea stole the victim’s car. The DEA and Bureau of Indian Affairs were also involved.

Investigators spent part of Wednesday afternoon canvassing the woods behind the home and taking photos in and outside.

New York State Police investigating Schuyler Falls murder.
New York State Police investigating Schuyler Falls murder.(WCAX)

Neighbors we spoke to said they had their suspicions.

“Always a lot of traffic coming in and out of there,” said Barnell.

“I started taking down licenses plates, this started in February,” Gonyea said.

Neighbors say it’s the only house on the road that is regularly rented out and that Cayea and Foster have been there for two years.

“The day before last I got a knock on my door because we have cameras,” Barnell said.

She says the sheriff’s department and state police came by around 1 a.m. Monday to look at her security footage after a home invasion.

“They came in, looked at my cameras. They took the chips out of my cameras, so whatever they saw must have saw something that could help them out, which is a good thing,” Barnell said.

Barnell says there was a lot of police activity since Tuesday morning. But after they left Tuesday afternoon, a U-Haul arrived with two men and one woman.

“The people who live over there start packing the U-Haul like they were trying to hurry up and get out of there,” she said.

Police say Foster and Cayea were arrested that night.

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