Keeseville man's death ruled as a homicide


New York State Police Captain Robert LaFountain held a press conference on Aug. 28 at the iron footbridge to disclose information about the murder of Robert Rennie.


Iron Foot bridge on River Street in Keeseville donned flowers put up by community members following the discovery of Robert Rennie's body near the bridge on Aug. 26.

— State Police continue to investigate the murder of a Keeseville man whose body was discovered near the closed iron footbridge Sunday morning.

The body of local man, Robert M. Rennie, 45 of Keeseville, was discovered at 6:14 a.m. on Aug. 26 by New York State Police and Emergency Medical Squad after a report of an unresponsive subject near the bridge.

Upon arrival of emergency response at the scene, Rennie was pronounced deceased. Essex County Coroner Walter “Smitty” Marvin authorized the release of the body which was transported to Albany Medical Center. An autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Sikirica, a forensic pathologist, ruled Rennie’s death a homicide.

“As is the case with other homicide investigations I am not releasing the cause of death until the criminal investigation has been completed,” said Captain Robert LaFountain of the New York State Police.

LaFountain said based on undisclosed evidence by initial responders to the scene it was apparent his death was a homicide.

“Without going into further details based on that information the NY State police had various investigators throughout the region respond including the Violent Crime Investigation team and the Forensic Investigation Unit,” LaFountain said.

Investigators from the FIU were spotted in various location in the Keeseville area throughout out the day on Sunday and Monday. Investigators had blocked off Mill Hill Road on Monday afternoon and were seen leaving an unknown residence with evidence bags at a home located near the Lamp Lighter Mobile Home Park just down the road from Mill Hill.

LaFountain said several search warrants have been obtained and are in the process of being executed the investigation is continuing.

LaFountain said Rennie had not been reported missing prior to the discovery of his body though he would not say when Rennie may have been seen last to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

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