Murder suspect Stephen Andersen along with his daughter, Schuyler Andersen, will be hosting a fundraising event for his defense at their home in Montross on July 15.
The event billed as a lawn party will include music, food, and “fun activities” at a recommended donation. In an email newsletter to his former customers at his cafe, Good Eats, which he and his wife owned in Hague, Andersen implores, “I need your help. I cannot achieve my freedom without your help. It has taken me a full year to get my head and heart to the place where I can acknowledge this truth and muster the courage to say; my very survival depends on your help.”
Andersen was charged with first degree murder in connection with the 2010 death of his wife Sally Rumsey. Rumsey’s body was found on February 9, 2010 approximately 80 yards from the couple’s home.
On February 5, according to Andersen, Rumsey left the home following an argument with her husband. She was reported missing on Feb. 7 after her family pushed Andersen to call the police.
Her death was originally ruled a suicide, but Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department continued to look into it. He was arrested, at his place of work, the Inn at Stratford Hall, on June 2, 2016.