Crime Stoppers - New Reward to Solve Murder of Detective Dennis Wustenhoff

Suffolk County Narcotics Detective Dennis Wustenhoff was murdered in 1990 outside his Patchogue home.

PATCHOGUE, NY ( / — Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart today announced the FBI has agreed to her request to review information and evidence in the investigation into the 1990 murder of Suffolk County Narcotics Detective Dennis Wustenhoff, offering fresh perspective to the three decade old case. Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the murder.

In addition to the FBI’s assistance, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has pledged a $10,000 fast cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Detective Wustenhoff succumbed to injuries after a bomb exploded as he attempted to start his unmarked police vehicle that was parked in front of his home in Patchogue on Feb. 15, 1990. Detective Wustenhoff, who was assigned to the Narcotics Section at the time of his death, was survived by his wife, Fran, two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, and a son, Kevin, who joined the department in 2005.

Dennis Wustenhoff

Suffolk County Narcotics Detective Dennis Wustenhoff was murdered in 1990 outside his Patchogue home.

“It has been 30 years and Detective Wustenhoff’s murder remains unsolved therefore it is important that the department takes advantage of every resource available,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Detective Wustenhoff’s family, along with colleagues from the department, deserve justice in this case.”

“We are hopeful this fast cash reward will prompt someone with information about this case to come forward,” Suffolk County Crime Stoppers President Nick Amarr said. “We urge anyone who believes they have details about Detective Wustenhoff’s death to contact police.”

Fast cash is a reward that is issued within 72 hours of an arrest. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

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