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10 September 2019
Cold Case Tuesday – State Police continue to investigate a 31-year-old homicide in Albany County.
 
 
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 Major Robert E. Patnaude
 Troop G Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE

Cold Case Tuesday – State Police continue to investigate a 31-year-old homicide in Albany County.
 
On March 29, 1988, at about 1:00 AM, 31-year-old Terri Kay Roark was found deceased on the shoulder of Interstate 87 northbound along the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge in Albany County. The bridge is more commonly referred to as the ‘Twin Bridges’ and crosses the Mohawk River between the town of Colonie in Albany County and Halfmoon in Saratoga County.
 
On the same date, a northbound motorist reported he observed a gray duffel bag in the center median of Interstate 87. At about 10:30AM the duffel bag was located just north of Exit 11 in the town of Malta in Saratoga County. This was approximately 11 miles north of where the victim’s body was found.  The bag appeared to be thrown from a vehicle. Examination of the contents showed that the duffel bag did belong to the victim. 
 
An autopsy performed on the victim found the cause of death to be cerebral laceration, the result of a skull fracture. The case was ruled a homicide.
 
The victim had a last known address in Mount Pleasant, Texas. An investigation revealed she was last seen eight days earlier leaving a mental health facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The investigation has been unable to identify any ties the victim may have had to the northeastern United States. 
 
The New York State Police Troop G Major Crimes Unit and the BCI Unit at SP Saratoga have made a concentrated effort to solve this homicide and continue to ask for the public’s assistance.  
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Troop G at (518) 783-3211. Calls may be kept confidential.
 

 
 


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