TODAY   |  October 02, 2012

Police searching for murder suspect, 73, in park

A massive manhunt is underway in upstate New York for Eugene Palmer, who is suspected of killing his daughter-in-law outside her home last Monday and fleeing to nearby Harriman State Park. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> now to a week long manhunt in upstate new york for a man suspected of killing his own daughter-in-law. police believe he fled to a nearby state park and is now in hiding. mara schiavocampo joins us this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: search teams have been looking for 73-year-old eugene palmer around the clock last week. found his truck here, but then the trail went cold. police think he's hiding in the woods, and they are worried about the public's safety. flyers bearing eugene palmer 's face are posted around new york's harriman state park , a reminder for visitors to watch out for the man police say is armed and dangerous . locals, too, are staying away.

>> i'm concerned, but i'm not like overly terrified, but i still don't want to be outside alone or anything.

>> reporter: 73-year-old grandfather is accused of fatally shooting his daughter-in-law tammy palmer outside her home last monday. the 39-year-old mother of two.

>> actually the victim is my daughter. she's 30 something years old. he doesn't deserve to be dead.

>> reporter: tammy palmer had taken out an order of protection against her husband john palmer , a move that angered her father-in-law. the following day police found palmer's truck nearby and bloodhounds traced his scent to a campsite before the trail went cold.

>> we've not found one piece of evidence other than finding his truck last week that suggests he's still here, but we will continue to look.

>> reporter: now, a massive manhunt is under way with dozen of officers, dogs, even a helicopter scouring the sprawling 46,000 acre park for any sign of the fugitive. officials have closed the campground where palmer's scent was found and are advising people to stay out of the interior woodlands.

>> hopeful to resolve this without anyone being hurt.

>> reporter: a former truck driver , an avid huntsman and out doorsman, his family says he niese knows every inch of these woods. he has diabetes and recently survived a heart attack and surviving in this environment is hard and this week officials sent out cadaver dogs.

>> a difficult place to survive. he's been out there seven days. if he is still here, he'd have to be very adaptable to these types of conditions in order to survive that long.

>>> now a majority of the park is still open. officials