State Police Look for Help in Solving Murder from 1980

Since last April, state police have turned to the public to help solve cold cases. The initiative is called 'Cold Case Tuesday.' Iris St. Meran checks in to see if State Police investigators are getting the response they were hoping for.

ONEIDA, N.Y. -- Stephen D. Forbes, 28 of Baldwinsville, was last seen on July 8, 1980. Forbes had been seen leaving a friend’s residence on Vine Street in Liverpool at approximately 2 p.m. that day.

"His pickup truck was recovered several days later at the Syracuse airport. His remains were discovered down off Route 20 near LaFayette," said New York State Police Captain Mark Lincoln.

Authorities are sharing his story 37 years later as part of "Cold Case Tuesday" in hopes that someone will come forward.

"Somebody in your listening area, we're confident, has information about this homicide,” Lincoln said. “It's possibly somebody we've already spoken to that was holding back a little or somebody we have not yet located. People's lives change, circumstances like marriages, divorces."

State Police launched the "Cold Case Tuesday" program last year. The first focused on Ernest Chaney, a gas attendant at the Gulf station on Route 20 in Eaton, who also lived there. The 63-year-old was working in the early morning hours of September 22, 1958. Investigators believe he was hit with a hammer in addition to his wallet being stolen.

Even though time has passed, they never stop investigating.

"The state police never closes a homicide investigation," Lincoln added.

Lincoln said time can work in their favor by having a new set of eyes looking at the case and evidence. Also, how technology has evolved is an asset.

"There's a lot of tools, with scientific developments in police work, things like DNA, electronic surveillance," he added.

Since the program launched, state police haven't solved any cold cases yet. However, they have had a big response on posts made through social media. Investigators say last year, the state police made arrests in 15 cases due to information shared through social media posts.

There is a reward available for any information leading to an arrest. If you have details for troopers, contact Senior Investigator Reece Treen, Troop D Major Crimes, at (315) 366-6003.

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