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Police seek public’s help in Hyde Park homicide investigation

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State Police continue to exhaust all avenues into the Thanksgiving Day Hyde Park homicide. And as the investigation continues, YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us police are now asking the public for assistance.

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The investigation into Laurie Ferguson’s mobile manor trailer park death remains ongoing. And on day four, police are reaching out to the public.

“We’re in touch with anybody who knew the victim in any way shape or form. Whether they worked with her, related to her, friends with her, just acquainted in any way. We’re trying to put together her life in her last couple hours to see who might have had contact with her,” said Lt. John Murphy, New York State Police.

Ferguson, 67, was found stabbed to death in her home, where she lived in alone. On Friday, dive teams searched the water behind her trailer and on Saturday they combed Reservoir Road. It was there where her car, which was stolen from her home, was found. And now they are requesting help from the community.

“If you have a video camera or if someone has a surveillance system on their homes that faces the roads North Cross, South Cross, State Route 9, State Route 9G or Reservoir Road to please preserve your video and contact us,” said Murphy.

A sketch of a "person of interest" was also released. Police say he is not a suspect. But so far they say no one has come forward claiming to know him.

“This is just someone who was in the area where the car was located and we’d like to speak with them in case they’ve seen anything,” said Murphy.

Meanwhile at Mobile Manor a makeshift memorial rests alongside Ferguson’s fence. Neighbors within the tight-knit community stand nearby, heartbroken and in disbelief.

“She was a private sweet kind woman that kept to herself, and tried to do for others when she could. She worked in my daughter's school as a lunch aid, she loved kids, her grandkids. She was churchgoing, she worked at Planet Fitness, she was just beautiful,” said neighbor Tina LaShomb Perry.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them at 876-4049.

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