Acting Major R. Christopher West
Troop G Commander
Cold Case Tuesday: Troop G continues to investigate the 1983 homicide of Robert “Bobby” Gutkaiss
State Police in Schodack and the Troop G Major Crimes Unit continue to investigate the murder of Robert “Bobby” Gutkaiss.
On June 30, 1983, 15-year-old Robert “Bobby” Gutkaiss left his home for his first day of work as a berry picker at Pease Farm in Stephentown, New York.
At 10:40 PM that same day, Bobby’s mother, Grace Gutkaiss, reported that her son had not returned home from the farm.
The owner of Pease Farm stated Bobby had worked on June 30, 1983 from 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM. The farm owner said he last saw Bobby walking in a northerly direction on State Route 22 toward Stephentown, NY. The farm owner had instructed Bobby to return to the farm later that evening to receive his pay. Bobby never returned.
A missing person investigation was started to locate Gutkaiss. Interviews with family, friends, neighbors and organized searches failed to develop pertinent information.
On July 07, 1983, a report of a foul odor on a logging road in Stephentown was reported to the New York State Police.
On July 8, 1983 the decomposing body of Robert ‘Bobby’ Gutkaiss was located. Bobby’s death was ruled a homicide.
The State Police Troop G Major Crimes Unit and the BCI Unit at SP Schodack have made a concentrated effort to solve this crime and continue to ask for the public’s assistance. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call SP Schodack at 518-732-4644.