KPD calling Third Avenue death a homicide

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Anita Jacobs-Royer.

Police in Kingston are investigating what they’re now calling “an active homicide investigation” of a woman found dead in her home last Sunday.

The body of Anita Jacobs-Royer, 45, was found in her home at 53 Third Avenue in the city’s Ponckhockie neighborhood around 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. Police responded to the residence following a call from a relative who said they had been unable to contact her for several days; they noted she was last in contact with her sister on Thursday.

Police declined to comment on the cause or timing of Jacobs-Royer’s death, but her 1998 Isuzu Trooper SUV was missing when police arrived. It was later found in Kingston following a tip from a citizen who recognized the vehicle from a posting on the KPD’s Facebook page seeking information on the case. Jacobs-Royer, a former New Paltz resident, was living alone in the house at the time of her death, police said.


On Tuesday, Feb. 5 the Kingston police said they’re seeking a “person of interest” and have executed several search warrants.