An Ithaca woman has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the death of Camden Rundell.

Melissa J. Minnick, 39, of Ithaca, was arrested Monday and charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony.

Minnick was arraigned Monday in the Town of Newfield Court before Judge William Chernish. She is being held at the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash and $30,000 bond.

After responding to a reported cardiac arrest early Friday morning, emergency responders found 30-year-old Rundell dead at 221 Burdge Hill Rd. in Newfield. Authorities treated the death as “suspicious” from the beginning, and after the results of a medical examination Saturday, the case has been investigated as a homicide.

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Over the weekend, three others were charged in connection with the homicide. Roy L. Clements Jr., of Ithaca, Colleen E. McColgin, of Dryden, and Jamie N. Gerhart, of Ithaca, were charged with second-degree murder.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the case, with assistance from New York State Police, the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266-5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272-2444.

Featured image: Melissa Minnick, 39, of Ithaca / Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelsey O'Connor

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