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UPDATE: Husband of Penn Yan Homicide Victim Passes Away


The 89-year-old Penn Yan man who was believed to have been involved in the death of his wife has passed away.

Ronald Salyer was placed in palliative care last week and died on Friday. He was accused of strangling his 89-year-old wife Jane with a towel at their Franklin Street home. Jane Salyer’s body was found on the bathroom floor inside the residence by a home health aide last Tuesday. Ronald Salyer was located on the same floor but in very poor health.

Police say Ronald Salyer suffered from dementia and believe that played a role in the homicide. He had been hospitalized and unable to communicate with authorities due to his condition.

Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham says there are no other persons of interest in the death of Jane Salyer.

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