Police Confirm Identity Of Body Found In Chenango County

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 1, 2007 at 6:25 PM EST

This is 47 year old Robert Reynolds and 21 year old Nicholas Simonds.

According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office the two buried the body of Joshua Richheimer here on Pleasant Valley Road in the Town of Sherburne.

An autopsy reveals Richheimer died because of a gunshot wound to the midsection.

Reynolds, a known drug dealer, admits he was the triggerman, but he claims it was in self defense.

"I believe that Richheimer went to the residence with the intent to rob Robert Reynolds of drugs and money," says Chenango County Sheriff Thomas Loughren.

Reynolds told deputies no one else was in his home when the shootout occurred.

He said he asked his neighbor, Simonds, to help him bury the body on Friday.

Police say Simonds has no prior record, but lives here in a trailer on Reynolds property.

"Simonds is 21 years old and he referred to Reynolds as a step father and when you talk to Reynolds he referred to Reynolds as like his step son. They're not related, but that's how close they are," says Loughren.

Police don't believe Reynolds and Richheimer knew one another.

They are still looking into how Richheimer got from the Town of Butternuts where he was last seen, to Reynolds house.

Richheimer was scheduled to be a witness in a federal drug trial.

Meanwhile, Reynolds and Simonds have a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Sherburne Court on the charges of tampering with evidence.

It's up to the Chenango County District Attorney to decide any additional charges.

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