Robert Rennie, 45 of Keeseville.
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.
“We don’t provide a lot of information and the reason for that is we’re trying to solicit information from potential witnesses, we don’t want them to read something we want to know what they have direct knowledge of,” LaFountain said.
At this time police will not release the names of any suspects or potential suspects in the murder investigation.
“There is a homicide that has occurred and we urge everyone to use extreme caution until the person or persons responsible for Robert Rennie’s death have been apprehended,” LaFountain said.
Information regarding where Rennie had been last seen or had been prior to the discovery of his body are being withheld to allow anyone with information to come forward.
This homicide investigation remains under intense investigation by the NY State police and Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community of Keeseville and the various businesses who have cooperated and continue to cooperate in this investigation and I would ask that anyone who has any information concerning the death of Robert Rennie or his whereabouts on Saturday or into Sunday morning contact the New York State Police at 563-3761,” LaFountain said.
COMMUNITY GRIEVES LOSS OF FATHER
Family and friends had taken to Facebook after his death with a memorial page, R.I.P. Robert Rennie beginning on Sunday evening.
The page said, “Robert was taken out of this world way to early leaving behind two young daughters. Robert was a very gentle and fun man that would give you the shirt off his back and wouldnt hurt a fly. This page was put together to honor his memory.”
The page held a place Rennie’s friends, family and community members a place to say their final goodbyes and air their anger over his untimely death.
“R.I.P Robert you were a good person and didn't deserve this you will be greatly missed by all in this small town and never forgotten..This is a tremendous tragedy that has happened and the one who did this will be caught and rot in hell for what he has done to you and the whole community!” Facebook user Annette Sousis wrote.
Rennie is survived by his two young daughters, MacKenzie and Morgan Rennie, who had lost their mother a few years ago to cancer.