05 January 2021

Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander


Cold Case Tuesday: Troop C continues to investigate a 40-year-old homicide case in Broome County

State Police in Binghamton continue to investigate the 1980 murder of 30-year-old Barry G. Marquart of Binghamton, NY.

On November 9, 1980, at about 3:00 p.m., State Police in Oneonta were contacted by a man who stated his son Barry, who lived in Binghamton, had been missing from his apartment.  The father received a call from Barry’s roommate advising him he had not seen Barry since November 7.   

State Police in Binghamton were advised of the missing person report. On November 9, Marquart’s car was found parked at the Exit 5 rest area on Interstate 81, northbound, in the Town of Dickinson, Broome County, NY.  There were no signs of foul play.

Troopers checked the parking lot and surrounding area and found Marquart’s body submerged in the shallow water of the Chenango River, about 500 feet behind the rest area.       

The victim’s wallet was located in Otsiningo Park, south of where the rest area was located.  It was further determined the victim’s watch was missing.

On November 10, 1980, an autopsy was conducted by a Broome County Forensic Pathologist who ruled the cause of death to be a drowning and determined the victim received injuries from blows to his head and face.  

Many leads were followed up on during that time period and the case has remained open. Several interviews of potential witnesses have been completed throughout the years, however, this homicide has never been solved. 

The location of this homicide, the rest area at Exit 5 on Interstate 81, northbound, no longer exists.  The rest area has been closed and the building and paved walking area along the Chenango River was absorbed by Otsiningo Park when the park expanded. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the New York State Police at (607) 561-7400.

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