Buffalo State police officer charged in woman’s slaying
By T.J. Pignataro
[Excerpts] A longtime police veteran at Buffalo State College is accused of killing a woman whose burned body was found on an Orleans County roadway, Orleans County sheriff’s officials reported. Richard J. McKeon Jr., 48, of West Valley, was held without bail in Orleans County Jail following his arraignment on second-degree murder charges in Barre Town Court, Orleans County... McKeon is accused of killing 47- year-old Maureen S. Migliore. The two shared the same West Valley address... Sheriff’s officials, who considered the woman’s death “suspicious” from the onset, were unable to identify her immediately. They released a description later Friday and made an identification over the weekend... Authorities were tight-lipped Sunday, saying only that McKeon had been charged in Migliore’s death... The relationship between McKeon and Migliore remained under investigation by Orleans County authorities...
Posted: March 8, 2008 05:47 AM
Updated: March 10, 2008 02:49 PM
[Excerpts] (West Valley, NY, March 10, 2008) ...A Buffalo State Police Officer is accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend and dumping her body. News Four's Melissa Holmes has the story. Law enforecement officials from multiple agencies and jurisdictions came together in Orleans County this afternoon to discuss a shocking crime. Buffalo State College Police Officer and father of two- Richard McKeon- is accused of killing his girlfriend- 47-year-old Maureen Migliore. An off duty corrections officer found her badly burned and naked body early friday morning on this rural road in the Town of Barre in Orleans County. Joseph Cardone, Orleans County D.A., "We believe her to be burned at the scene and there was evidence of an accellerant at the scene." A medical examiner identified Migliore's body through fingerprints and found she was strangled. But the exact cause of death is still unclear. Investigators believe it all started with a fight in their home in West Valley in Cattaraugus County. And between evidence found at the home and statements McKeon made to police, they believe they have enough to link him to the murder... Migliore had one daughter... The chief of University Police at Buffalo State College would not discuss McKeon's character or employment record, but he would say this incident will not tarnish his department's reputation. Chief Peter Carney\Univ. Police at Buff. State, "This incident....light of this incident."*[sic] Chief Carney says the college will begin a disciplinary hearing to suspend officer McKeon without pay. He's due back in Barre Town Court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. [From 3/8/2008 report beneath the article] ...We spoke with one neighbor who recalls selling Girl Scout cookies to Richard McKeon last fall, but no one we spoke with Sunday has ever seen the victim Maureen Migliore here at the home. Jan Nelson said, "Since the people moved in, they're not friendly, didn't associate with anyone in the neighborhood. Come to think of it, I don't think any of us even knew his name." Jan Nelson has been living here for nearly thirty years, and says the couple moved in recently, but kept to themselves. She recalls seeing police cars in the driveway just a few months ago, and Saturday night noticed a tow truck taking a vehicle away from the property...
*Transcribed missing text above from video: Police Chief Carney - "This incident appears to be not related to his employment. The University Police Department of Buffalo State College has an excellent relationship with our campus community, which we feel is unchanged. We provide excellent service and protection to Buffalo State College and will continue to do that, in light of this incident."
Another video *here*