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TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP — Wednesday marks the 6th anniversary of an unsolved murder in the Poconos and the victim’s family is still seeking justice.

Investigators and Lee Van Luvender’s parents have not given up hope that they will find whoever is responsible.

Monroe County Detective Rich Luthcke has been over the scene along Hypsie Gap road near Mount Pocono. It is where Lee Van Luvender was found shot to death six years ago.

“At the time we could only come up with theories we didn’t have an actual motive for the homicide. What we want is the public if they information to come forward,” said Luthke who was the lead investigator with Pocono Mountain Regional Police in 2007.

Van Luvender’s parents have spent a lot of time at the game lands in Tunkhannock Township as well in the years since their son was taken from them at just 22 years old.

“My life basically a part of me died right with him,” said Charlene Sebring, Van Luvender’s mother.

Every year that passes, they’re left to wonder Van Luvender was killed on a day he went hunting, who fired the deadly shots and now who can help them find a killer.

“We need to find justice for Lee, I believe if we keep asking the questions. If you stop asking the questions you might not get the answers,” said his father Tom Van Luvender.

Six years after the shooting of Lee Van Luvender in the Poconos there are reminders out there including an ad for a $10,000 reward on place mats at Billy’s Pocono Diner that there’s a killer on the loose and his parents still want justice.

“Everyday, I will never give up, there’s someone out there that knows and they need to come forward,” said Sebring.

Van Luvender’s parents and Detective Luthke don’t plan to give up hope anytime soon. They’re still working leads, intent on keeping the case alive so even in death, Lee Van Luvender can have justice.

“You just keep putting the effort in, you keep talking to people, you keep putting it into the media, you keep reminding people and seeing what kind of information can come forward,” said Luthke.

Anyone with information that could help solve the case can call police in the Poconos.

8 comments

  • jaganaut

    QUESTION TO ASK IS WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE FOR KILLING HIM!!!!!-IF HE HAD HIS RIFLE, WALLET, WITH HIM DRIVERS LICENSE, THE MOTIVE COULD NOT BE ROBBERY-THAT PARTICULAR DAY HE WENT TO GO HUNTING THEN WHO WAS WITH HIM IF ANYONE -DID HE USUALLY GO OFF HUNTING ALONE -DID HE OWE MONEY OR TO SOMEONE AND DIDNT PAY IT BACK OR DID SOMEONE HAVE A GRUNDGE AGAINST HIM AND WHERE DID HE FREQUENT IF ANY WHERES.GANG INITATION WOULD NOT BE IN ASECLUDED PLACE THAT INITIATION STUFF WOULD BE BETTER RECOGNITION IN A GANG OUT IN THE PUBLIC –DISCOVERED IN AROAD WAY-OR DUMPED IN PLAIN VIEW TO BE SEEN .BY THIS ACT WOULD BE LIKE A WARNING –TO THOSE WHO WOULD INFORM OR ANYTHING AGAINST ON ONE =ITS LIKE ON THEM ALL-GANG MEMBER(S)ARE OUT IN THE OPEN NOT HIDDEN .THOSE THAT KNOW HIM BEST OR SAY HE FREQUETED A PUB OR TALKED WITH FRINEDS ABOUT HUNTING THEY WOULD KNOW IF HE WOULD EVER GO ALONE OR SOMETIMES WITH SOMEONE -IN CLOSING THE ANSWERS ARE NOT LOST BUT IF GANGS DDO EXIST IN THE POCONOS WHY NOT HAVE A TALK WITH THE LEADERS OF GANG OR GANGS IF ANYONE WOULD KNOW THEY WOULD.THERE I MOTIVE TO THIS SONCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY FOR WHAT THEY ARE ALL AND HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH.THIS MAY SOUND NONSENSE TO ALOT OR MAYBE NOT REACH OUT TO THE PSYCHIC WELL KNOWN ON LONG ISLAND AND APPEARS ON TV AND OR PSYCHIC LAURA ANOTHER GOOD AND ON THE MARK.in closing anyone does have information step forward. step forward step forward step forward .

  • Sue

    Hello! If this article is correct he was hunting! It was probably an unsuspecting hunter that was in the area that shot him and doesn’t even know. Maybe if the police would publish the type of bullet that killed him it would spark the memory of somebody hunting in the area at the time.

    • ME

      If I remember the original story, the shot was too close to be someone hunting. The general consensus seems to be this was a homicide. I’m not 100% sure, but I would think if the police thought it was an accident, they would have said so.

  • solaris239@yahoo.com

    Gang banger initiation.
    Some o them hafta kill an innocent bystander to join their gang.
    Its the only thing that makes sense.
    This kid had his his hunting rifle on him at the time he was killed so
    that gives gives it an element of sport in the killer’s perverted mind.
    The Poconos are full of scum that have moved in from NYC & Philly.
    I don’t travel into the wilderness there for that reason.

    • ME

      I don’t know if gangs would go into the wilderness to do that, but nothing would surprise me. Maybe he got into an argument with another hunter about something. That was my first thought. It’s always best not to hunt or go into the woods alone.

  • ME

    This case is so sad. He was so young, as was his son. Keep the faith, everyone. Believe that some day, justice will be done.

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