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Keeseville man’s death ruled a homicide

Robert Rennie, 45 of Keeseville.

Robert Rennie, 45 of Keeseville.

KEESEVILLE — New York 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 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.

Emergency responders arrived and pronounced Rennie dead at the scene. Essex County Coroner Walter 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 New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Cpt. Robert LaFountain.

LaFountain said it was apparent Rennie’s death was a homicide based on undisclosed evidence gathered by initial responders to the scene.

“Without going into further details, the New York 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 locations in the Keeseville area throughout the day on Sunday and Monday.

Investigators had blocked off Mill Hill Road on Monday afternoon and were seen leaving with evidence bags from a home located near the Lamp Light Mobile Home Park just down the road from Mill Hill.

LaFountain said several search warrants have been obtained and were 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 and encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

“We don’t provide a lot of information and the reason for that is we’re trying to solicit information from potential witnesses,” LaFountain said. “We don’t want them to read something — we want to know what they have direct knowledge of.”

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