Plattsburgh Police seek surveillance footage following homicide

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 7:58 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 5:10 PM EDT
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Plattsburgh Police are asking residents to provide surveillance footage after a woman was found dead over the weekend.

Police say the body of Melissa Myers, 40, was found in an apartment on Boynton Avenue early Saturday morning. They say they are investigating her death as a homicide but have so far released few details, including how she died.

“I know over the past week we’ve given you what we could give you, there isn’t a lot to add now,” said Plattsburgh Police Interim Chief Bud York. “It’s a homicide because she did not die of natural causes. It’s obvious to us how she died and she didn’t do it to herself.” York says they believe the death happened between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m. Saturday.

Officers responded at 4 a.m. after they say one of Myers’s sisters found Melissa’s body. Police says Myers lived in the apartment but they don’t know if she lived alone and are not sure why the sister was checking in on Myers before dawn. “She was definitely in the house at the time, the big question is who else was in the house?” York said.

Police are asking residents who live between Beekman Street east to Lake Champlain and Boynton Ave. south to the Saranac River to give them any footage captured of any people Friday evening into Saturday morning. “Some of the videos show people and walking in the area or walking towards the lake,” York said.

He says the New York State Dive Team is searching waterways for anything out of the ordinary. “You got to remember, whoever is involved has blood on them, right? So, we as good cops say, well, how do you get rid of the blood? You go to water and wash it off,” York said.

Police aren’t releasing details on suspects, including the number of people they are looking for and how they knew each other.

He said drugs are connected to the homicide but would not elaborate. York says they don’t believe Myers’ death is gang-related or a domestic violence case and that the people they are looking for are connected to the community and are still in Clinton County.

“I think you could describe it as a random attack, and again, what is a random attack? There has to be a reason behind it, and that’s our job to figure it out,” York said.

The Clinton County coroner says Myers’ autopsy is done but the police are not releasing the manner of death. They say they have spoken to all tenants in the apartment building and that the family has been “somewhat cooperative.”

Myers was a mother of two. When asked for further details about her, her family asked for privacy.

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