$10,000 Reward Offered In 1990 Death Of Suffolk County Detective

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 14, 2020 - 1:16 pm
Dennis Wustenhoff

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There is now a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a 30-year-old cold case on Long Island

Suffolk County Narcotics Detective Dennis Wustenhoff was killed after his unmarked police car exploded outside of his Patchogue home on Feb. 15, 1990.

No one was ever arrested for the crime.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announced Friday that the FBI has agreed to review information and evidence in the investigation, offering fresh perspective to the three-decade-old case. 

“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,” Hart said. “Detective Wustenhoff’sfamily, along with colleagues from the department, deserve justice in this case.”

Wustenhoff's daughter told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall last week that it's never too late for someone to come forward and come clean.

"There's this person walking around, living their life, with their children, their grandkids, and then there's us that has so much loss and pain, and no closure," Melissa Wustenhoff said.

Dennis was 41 years old when he died, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a son, who joined the Suffolk County Police Department in 2005. He now has 12 grandchildren he never got a chance to meet.

Anyone with information about the case can submit an anonymous tip to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.