Marking three years since the murder of Richard Seeley
ORANGE, N.Y. (WENY) -- It's been three years since a Schuyler County man was found murdered in his home in the town of Orange. Richard Seeley was found stabbed in August of 2020. Since then, leads have been few and far between, but Richard's family isn't giving up hope.
Deborah Seeley discovered Richard's body in his trailer on August 7, 2020. She said the last three years have been a nightmare for her, and her daughter, Jessica Smith.
"After three years, I'd like to go to sleep," begged Smith. "I'd like to go to be comfortable at night knowing nothing is going to happen to me or my mom or anybody else."
Seeley describes Richard, who was 43 at the time of his death, as someone who enjoyed keeping to himself, and spending time with his then 13-year-old son. She said before his death, he had paid off his trailer and the land it sits on.
A few days before Seeley was murdered, Seeley said the two had gone grocery shopping together. A few days later returned to her son's home, finding the door wide open and the dogs running loose. She explained she put the dogs inside, closed the trailer door, and left without a second thought. Days later, she got would learn her son was deceased in the home.
Jessica Smith, Richard's youngest sister knew there was trouble when her brother's trailer was quiet. Normally, Richard had music, lights, and TVs on, but on August 7th, she said it was pitch black.
"About six, seven o'clock dinner time when we get received a phone call that they had found the puncture wound on my brother and that they were announced, accounted as suspicious," Smith explains.
Seeley's death was initially called suspicious; it would later be declared a homicide.
"This was one puncture wound, out the door and gone. Somebody knew what they were doing. This was not an accident," Smith emphasized.
Richard Seeley's son, now 17, is offering a $2,500 reward for an arrest in connection with this dad's murder, in conjunction with the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office, and Schuyler County Sheriff's Office.
Over the years since Richard was murdered, the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office has stayed in contact with Deborah and Jessica.
"Basically what they said is there are no leads and until someone comes further with some information, there's not much more they can do to go further. Right now, it's not a cold case, it's still an active case, but as far as now we have no leads," Smith said.
The family asks that anyone with information about the murder of Richard Seeley, contact the police or contact them here on Facebook.
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department at 607-535-8383, the tip line at 607-535-8224 or by email at [email protected].