WESTERLO, N.Y. - The state police crime scene unit has completed its investigation of a Westerlo apartment where a 22-year-old was found bludgeoned to death this week.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office has arrested 52-year-old Tracey Zetzsche, charging her with 2nd-degree murder for the death of her 22-year-old son, Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says Zetzsche claims to have no recollection of what happened at the apartment, located at 599 State Route 143 in Westerlo. However, Apple says the physical evidence speaks for itself.
Apple says the search warrant of Zetzsche's home revealed a gruesome crime scene and a very apparent attempt to cover up what happened. "It was an extremely angry crime, it was a violent crime," he says.
"It's one thing that the crime occurred, but then there are also a lot of concealment issues that she tried to do," he says.
Sheriff Apple says Zetsche tried to get rid of everything she could, except for her son's body.
"Some weapons were in the garbage, with bedding and clothing secreted among other bags of garbage," he says.
An autopsy revealed Gabriel had been deceased for several days, and the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart and brain injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
Apple says Zetzsche made it clear a burglary did not occur.
"She had some lacerations on her hand, and through the work of crime scene technicians, if you're using a knife and your hand slides down the knife, you're going to get cut," he says.
Apple says Zetzsche has not been forthcoming with information, and claims to have no recollection of what happened.
"We do have a large amount of physical evidence, and that evidence points to the fact that she killed her son."
Apple says he is not sure if police will ever ultimately find out what transpired in Zetzsche's home leading up to her son's death.
She remains in the Albany County Jail without bail.
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