Clarkstown Police released a public statement alerting the public that the daughter of slain 81-year-old Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell has refused to answer further questions in the case. Daughter Susanne Scaccio-Nadell and her husband Robert Scaccio have hired attorneys and ceased cooperating in the case, police have told the media.
Sources close to the case had informed media of speculation regarding Nadell’s daughter on Friday. By Saturday morning the police released a statement confirming the information.
The police have frozen Peggy Nadell’s funds while they investigate the murder. Police said earlier in the week that they suspect the woman was murdered by someone she knew, as there were no signs of forced entry into the residence.
According to sources, police suspicion of the daughter was also piqued when she began to drink and behave strangely in her mother’s home shortly after the murder.
Nadell’s body had been found by her daughter last Saturday morning. She reportedly pulled the knife from her mother’s body and called 911, stating she had found her mother “fallen” on a knife.
Charges have yet to be filed in the case and these are merely preliminary reports.