Pictured l to r is, Troop E Major Brian Ratajczak, Inv. Derek Merritt, Inv. Michael Leggio, Sr. Inv. Keith Becker, and BCI Captain Samuel Spezio. (photo provided)
A State Police investigator has been recognized by his colleagues for his work in the shooting death of a Texas man in Seneca County last September.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting death of William Waugh on September 30th on State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo. The department’s investigation discovered the vehicle driven by the suspects, however, the gun used in the murder was not recovered. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for the suspect vehicle’s infotainment system and requested New York State Police assistance in downloading the information.
Troop E Computer Crime Unit Investigator Derek Merritt responded to assist the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Inv Merritt was able to download information from the vehicle’s infotainment system and provide a GPS track of the vehicle the night of the murder. With this information, the sheriff’s office was able to quickly locate the murder weapon. The gun would not have been found without the information provided by Inv Merritt utilizing h
In recognizing Inv. Merritt, State Police say the gun would not have been found without the information provided by Inv Merritt utilizing his training and equipment from Vehicle Forensics at National Computer Forensic Institute. (NCFI)
Two men, 36-year-old Christopher Kesterson, of Phelps, and 37-year-old Wayne Ellison, Junior, of Waterloo, have been charged with murder.
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