28 July 2020
 
 

 NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 Major Eric L. Laughton
 Troop E Commander
 

 

PRESS RELEASE
 

Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate the 1979 murder of a Steuben County man.

On July 22, 1979, David Dewitt Southard, age 29, was found deceased in his residence located at 9899 Gulf Road # 2, Painted Post, New York. 

Southard was found with four gunshot wounds to his head and the projectiles secured as evidence were .22 caliber.

Southard was known as a local drug dealer and his homicide is believed to be drug related.

State Police Investigators believe this murder may be related to the Luigi Cantineri homicide that occurred on February 9, 1992.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the State Police Major Crimes Unit at (585)-398-4100.  

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