Monroe County detectives looking for information on 2007 cold case

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TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Today marks 13 years since a Monroe County hunter was murdered. Lee Van Luvender was shot multiple times and his killer is still on the run.

We spoke with Lee’s mother about how she keeps fighting for justice in this cold case.

On December 4 each year, Charlene Sebring places flowers by this rock… remembering her once 22-year-old son Lee.

“It’s hard, it’s hard. But I feel close to him when I am here because this was his favorite place. It was his favorite place to come up and find his god. This was his god in the woods, he loved the woods,” said Sebring.

In 2007 on December 4, Lee went rifle hunting alone off Hypsie Gap Road in Tunkhannock Township.

Investigators say another hunter discovered Lee’s body laying right next to his jeep in the parking area.

He was dressed in his hunting clothes with several gunshot wounds. Evidence at the scene 13 years ago showed a shootout between Lee and his killer.

“Somebody is hiding something. Somebody is hiding something,” said Sebring.

His mother never plans to give up looking for answers until someone is arrested. In 2018, her family put out a $10,000 award. That offer still stands today.

“The reward is open for a conviction of this person and please come to me, call me, talk to me,” said Sebring. She says she will keep calls private. Her phone number is 570-350-1553.

“Every time I come up here I pass somebody or someone passes me and I think could it be you? I just want answers.”

Answers she believes will come this year — as to who and why someone killed her son.

“I feel it’s going to be the year. New eyes looking at it, new things happening, it’s going to be the year.”

Positive thoughts… to put an end to a cold case.

If you have any information, no matter how small the tip might be, Monroe County detectives want to hear from you. Anyone with information, or anyone who might have been hunting in that area at the time of the murder, should call Monroe County Detective Richard W. Luthcke at 570-895-2400.

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