20 years after murder, killer remains on the loose

Posted at: 07/08/2013 5:40 PM
Updated at: 07/08/2013 5:51 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

CHARLTON - Betty Conley was shot and killed during the second week of July 1993, while working as an overnight convenience store clerk in Charlton.

Police didn't have much in the way of leads. In fact, investigators used cameras a few days later at the funeral hoping to come up with something.

The killing happened after 2 a.m. at the Xtra Mart convenience store at Route 67 and Peaceable Road in Charlton.

Conley was the only one working at the store when she was shot in the head. The store's only camera wasn't capable of recording. The killer made off with less than $100.

Conley left behind two children and her husband of 19 years, Bruce.

"I just wish that whoever did it or knows something about it, would come forward," said Bruce Conley on Monday, exactly 20 years after his wife was murdered.

Police were on the lookout for a car for a while, but eventually surmised that the killer was a transient who was making his way to the Thruway from Route 67 and was never seen again.

"Why would a transient kill somebody for whatever he got out of it?" asks Conley. "I still think it's somebody within 30, 40 miles around here. I think she was killed just so she couldn't identify who robbed the store and they knew her."

Conley wonders if police did all they could to find his wife's murderer. He holds out hope that even after 20 years someone will come forward.

"I think somebody knows or has talked to somebody who has said stuff. I wish if they knew something, or thought they knew something, get ahold of the police and let them know."