Relative of victim in Larksville homicide case speaks out


LARKSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The family of Patricia Walski is speaking out about the homicide, the ongoing search for Richard Walski and about Patricia herself.

The family says they just want closure. They say they just want to bring Patricia home so she can rest in peace.

Tom McAteer, Patricia Walski’s uncle, tells Eyewitness News he knew that something just wasn’t right when he and other family members could not reach Patricia Walski.

“Well, we are a very close-knit family. Patricia would regularly communicate with my wife and my wife’s sister, Tricia’s aunt every day pretty much. There was some concern that all stopped on July 30th.”

Above is the image of a flyer shared on social media asking for the public’s help in locating the Walskis.

So he posted a missing persons flier on social media hoping to get some answers. It shows photos of Patricia Walski and her husband Richard as well as their chocolate lab named Yukon and the couple’s pick-up truck.

“Trish was just a wonderful human being and everybody who knew her would describe her that way. Very sweet caring and loved dogs. Yukon, their lab, was like their baby.”

State troopers found Patricia Walski’s body on August 13th inside the couple’s Larksville home. It was inside a garbage bag. According to search warrant affidavits she had been shot in the head.

On Monday afternoon, troopers released photos of Richard Walski and their dog Yukon along with information that Walski is an avid fisherman and was known to frequent locations along the Susquehanna River from Wilkes-Barre to Towanda as well as fishing sites in upstate New York.

The news of Yukon being found is a step in the right direction.

“Well, we were actually very happy, very relieved. Tricia loved Yukon. Yukon loved Tricia. We were hoping that he would be found and we are relieved that he was found,” said McAteer.

“I think the fact that Yukon emerged from those woods tells us there’s a pretty good chance that Rick is in there.”

Eyewitness News asked McAteer if there were any signs of trouble in the Walski home.

“There were no, there were no warning signs. This all came as a compete shock to all of us and so I’m not sure there’s ever going to be an explanation.”

Mcateer says the family is trying to stay strong as troopers investigate the crime.

“At this point we’d like the whole matter to get closed and bring Tricia back here. We’ll grieve as a family.”

State troopers are asking that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Walski to contact them. Again, troopers say Walski could be the perpetrator or another victim.

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