The answer to that question is something the family has been seeking for 30 years. Now demanding justice, the Wustenhoff children, Jennifer Lees, 44, Kevin Wustenhoff, 42, Melissa Scelsi, 40, and their mother, Fran Wustenhoff, are asking the public to come forward with details and information while also pleading with Suffolk County police to actively “reopen” the case.
“He was a dad, so involved with his family and he never missed out on anything. He was always there,” said Scelsi, also explaining that her father was not just a police officer but also a community man known for keeping an eye on the area and teaching children the dangers of drugs. “He was the coolest dad with long hair and an earring; funny, just the perfect dad.”
Now living in Smithtown with her husband and two children, Scelsi said she and her siblings were taken aback by the realization of the 30-year anniversary of their father’s death. In an epiphany of sorts, thinking about how people are more connected than ever before, through social media, a mere few weeks ago she set up a “Justice for Dennis J. Wustenhoff” Facebook page that has already garnered some 4,000-plus followers.
Scelsi noted that the family is convinced that their father’s killer is the same main person of interest from the 1990s, a living and now-retired Nassau County police officer whose motive is also there.
“His name is out there and the fact is he has motive and the means,” added Lees of her father’s potential killer. “He also allegedly made verbal threats to my dad, directly and indirectly.”
According to the Wustenhoff children, at that time, their father had a known affair with the wife of the other police officer, something their mother and father were working on as a couple.
“But that doesn’t define him. He wasn’t a bad person; he just made one bad choice in life and it doesn’t mean he deserved this,” Scelsi said of the affair. “He was actively trying to make their marriage better and came clean to my mother long before this happened.”
Kevin Wustenhoff also said that their mother has since forgiven their father and attributed the affair to the high-stress life he led. Scelsi also noted that the man in question had the capability as well as motive, having had worked in the emergency services unit with access to the type of bomb used.
According to initial reports, by the following week a search warrant was granted for the Bethpage home of 43-year-old Nassau police officer Robert Horan. Based on the Long Island Advance’s Feb. 22, 1990 story, titled “Car bomb may have been placed by cop,” a second team of detectives questioned Horan in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he had been vacationing with his wife and two children since that Saturday in 1990. No charges were filed against him and no arrest was ever made.
A Nassau police spokesman confirmed today that Nassau County Police Officer Robert Horan is a suspect, although no arrest has been made in the slaying.
A second source, also involved in the investigation and who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that the victim, Suffolk County Police Officer Dennis Wustenhoff, 41, allegedly was involved with Horan’s wife, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration employee.
Two days after law-enforcement officials identified a Nassau County police officer as a prime suspect in the fatal car-bombing of a Suffolk County narcotics detective last week, investigators today continued seeking evidence to prove their suspicions.
Suffolk detectives questioned the officer identified Tuesday as the suspect, Robert Horan, but there has been no arrest. A lawyer representing Officer Horan, Stephen P. Scaring, said his client denied any involvement in the killing of Detective Dennis Wustenhoff.
Mr. Scaring said that from what he knew of the physical evidence that county and Federal forensic experts had collected from the officer's home in Bethpage, there was nothing to support an arrest or an indictment.
''If they had a case, I think they would have made it by now,'' said Mr. Scaring, a former chief of the Nassau County District Attorney's Homicide Bureau. ''They have moved precipitously on this one.''
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