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Police hope to solve cold case

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It's a murder that has had police stumped for decades: Who killed 17-year-old SUNY Cobleskill student Kathleen Kolodziej. Now as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, police are hoping you might be the one able to help warm up a very cold case.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We want him to know, until we have gone, we're still wondering where he is and we have not given up on him."

Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond re-traces steps he made 38 years ago. The day Kathleen Kolodziej's body was discovered in the Town of Richmondville, off of MacDonald and Cross Hill roads, on this stone wall, 26 days after she had been reported missing.

"At that time, it became a homicide investigation and it has been a homicide investigation, unsolved since that day," said Desmond.

"Three weeks ago, troopers installed this billboard and since then, we've received several calls from the local community," said State Police Senior Investigator John Williams.

And police hope a $2,500 reward will attract even more calls. Kolodziej was last seen leaving this building, which used to be the Vault Bar and Grill, on November 2nd, 1974.

"Around 1:30, she left the bar, crossed Main Street and that was the last she was seen alive. At this point, again, we are looking for anyone who was at The Vault, or spoke to anyone at The Vault that evening to come forward to help with our investigation," said Williams.

Kolodziej was a freshman at SUNY Cobleskill. She had only been away from her Long Island home 60 days before she was killed.

Police say Kolodziej was stabbed multiple times before being placed on the stone wall. They believe because of the nature and location of the crime, her killer knew both her and the area.

"Her life was cut short, her parents are deceased and I think we need to keep her story out there for people to know about," said Desmond.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (518) 234-9400.

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