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September 22, 2018

Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police Continue To Investigate A 45-year-old Homicide In Onondaga County


The New State Police Troop D Major Crimes Unit in Oneida continues to investigate the homicide of Rudy Allen Rothberg on November 8, 1972.

The crime scene

The crime scene

Mr. Rothberg, 52, of Evans Mills in Jefferson County, New York, was employed as a truck driver for Whitaker Trucking Company located in Deposit, NY.

He was operating a tractor-trailer northbound on I-81 when he stopped at about 1:45 a.m. at a rest area about one mile south of US-20, just south Lafayette, NY.

Mr. Rothberg was sleeping in the cab of the truck in the driver’s seat when he was shot in the head with a shotgun.

The rest stop

The rest stop

Another truck driver found the body, still located in the cab of the truck, and reported this murder at 3:05 a.m.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Rothberg’s wallet containing a small amount of cash and some credit cards had been stolen.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator Eric Costello or Senior Investigator Reece S. Treen of the Troop D Major Crimes Unit by calling (315) 366-6000.

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