12 January 2021

  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander



State Police in Oneida continue to investigate the 1958 murder of 63-year-old Ernest Chaney in the town on Eaton.

On September 22, 1958, Chaney was a gas station attendant working and living at the Gulf Service station on US-20 in the Town of Eaton. 

On that night, a motorist stopped for gas at approximately 1:30 a.m. and found the lights on at the station, but no one came out to fill his car with gas. 

The motorist went inside the station and heard moaning.  He found Chaney unresponsive on the floor of an oil storage room with obvious wounds to the back of his head and a large amount of blood. 

After State Police responded, Chaney was taken to the Hamilton Community Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Syracuse Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on October 2, having never regained consciousness.  

The investigation indicated that Chaney went outside to attend to a customer at approximately 1:00 a.m. Chaney was in the process of adding oil to the engine of an east facing car, parked on the north side of the gas pumps, when he was struck in the back of his head with a blunt object.  He was struck a total of nine times and his wallet containing about $80.00 was stolen.  There were no indications that any money or anything else was stolen from inside the gas station and no weapon was ever located. 

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 Gulf gas station is no longer in business, but remnants of the buildings still remain on the south side of Route 20, approximately 9/10ths of a mile west of the intersection with ST-46. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the New York State Police in Oneida at 315-366-6000.

All calls can remain confidential. 

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