Murder is what the police in Ossining, New York are calling the death of Ryan C. Ennis, stirring cooperative efforts to offer a crime stopping reward aimed to bring in information leading police to find a suspect in the case. The New York State division of Crime Stoppers is teaming up with the Ossining Village Police Department to encourage people who may know or have seen anything to come forward with the information. Any detail, large or small, could help solve the Westchester County murder case and law enforcement officials would appreciate any tips that could help them track down and arrest the person responsible.
Police received a call around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 from someone at the Audubon Manor Apartments. The caller said that upon entering an apartment at tenant Stephen Ennis’ request to check on his son who was staying there while his father was away, he discovered the young man apparently deceased. He immediately called the police who arrived and confirmed the death around 9:30 p.m. They determined that it was not a case of death by natural causes and opened a homicide investigation. Westchester County Crime Scene Unit and the offices of the District Attorney and the Medical Examiner assisted at the scene. Police did not release any information on the manner of 25-year old Ennis’ death.
Neighbors at the multi-building complex expressed shock at the tragic death and said they did not notice anything unusual, suspicious or out-of-place until police arrived at Building B. Neighbor Mary Jean Hall said she slept through the entire incident even though her window was open. Ennis did not have a history with the police, despite occasional troubles allegedly over marijuana the last few years.
Lt. William Sullivan, of the Ossining Police, reassures residents that they do not believe that the killing was random. He encouraged people to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy to reveal more about the time and manner of death. Meanwhile police continue to scrutinize the evidence and search for a suspect. Sullivan stated that all citizens who respond to the reward offer and bring tips in the Ennis case to share with the police and Crime Stoppers will be kept confidential in the ongoing murder investigation. Ennis’ family in Ossining is grieving his unexpected death and has not yet made a public statement regarding their son’s tragic demise.
Westchester County Police and New York State Crime Stoppers are offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads them to a find a murder suspect and bring about arrest and conviction in the Ennis case. People who may have information for the police can call 911, as some residents have already done, according to Lt. Sullivan, or the local police department in Ossining. Crime Stoppers will take anonymous tips in this murder case on their hotline, as well as through a downloadable secure and untraceable mobile app to submit a text or photo tips in either English or Spanish.
by Tamara Christine Van Hooser