Police ask for public's help in 38-year-old case

Posted at: 12/04/2012 6:32 PM
By: Kumi Tucker

COBLESKILL -- Investigators believe that someone out there knows something that could give them a break in the murder case.  It's been a long time, but they are not giving up.

Law enforcement and the Schoharie County District Attorney stood in front of a new billboard on Route 7 in Cobleskill, asking for information about the last night Kathleen Kolodziej of Long Island was seen alive.

On November 1st, 1974, she went to the Vault bar in Cobleskill.

"Around midnight, her roommate went back to campus and she stayed behind," said New York State Police Senior Investigator William John.  "She was going to go back with a friend.  Around 1:30 she left the bar, crossed Main Street and that was the last she was seen alive."

More than three weeks later, hunters discovered a shoe on Cross Hill Road in the town of Richmondville, about five miles from the vault bar.  Police say they found her partially clothed body on a stone wall off of McDonald Road.

Investigators believe she had been carried there after being stabbed to death somewhere else and that her attacker either knew her, or knew of her.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2500 reward for information on the murder.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond worked the case as a trooper back then.  

"This was a young lady that came to Schoharie County and was going to SUNY Cobleskill to school.  Her life was cut short, her parents are now deceased.  And I think we need to keep her story out there for people to know about," Sheriff Desmond said.

Early on, witnesses say they saw a young lady who was hitch-hiking, get into a yellow Volkswagon that night, but police were never able to find out if that young lady was Kolodziej.

Police would especially like to hear from or about anyone who was at the Vault bar that night.