'Central Park 5' detective, TV reporter Mike Sheehan reportedly dies

Adam Warner
June 08, 2019 - 12:08 pm
Mike Sheehan

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A well-known New York TV reporter and former NYPD detective who investigated the famous “Central Park Five” and “Preppie Killer” cases has died, according to multiple reports.

Mike Sheehan was 71 years old, according to the New York Daily News, which first reported his death. He reportedly died of cancer.

Sheehan worked on several high-profile cases, including the 1989 Central Park jogger rape investigation in which five convicted teens had their convictions vacated more than a decade later. The case has been back in the headlines as a new Netflix mini-series examines what led to the wrongful convictions.


Sheehan also worked the “Preppie Killer” Robert Chambers murder case.

He retired from the NYPD in 1993 after 25 years and became a reporter at Fox 5 for more than a decade.

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