Police seek help on cold case


BENSON — State police are seeking to solve a 35-year-old cold case murder.

On Oct. 10, 1984, the body of Robert Darling Jr. was found in a wooded area off Benson Road in the town of Benson.

His body was discovered by hunters who had been scouting a heavily-wooded area approximately 1,000 feet off the north side of the roadway. 

Robert Darling Jr. was a resident of Gloversville, was 21-years-old and lived at 29 S. Arlington Ave. He was last seen alive on the morning of Aug. 3, 1984, by his roommate, just prior to the roommate leaving for work. 

An autopsy determined that Darling Jr. was the victim of homicide.

The subsequent investigation into Darling Jr’s. murder revealed he was involved in the drug trade in the city of Gloversville and was known to carry large amounts of cash.

An article printed in The Leader-Herald on Oct. 10, 1984, stated that his family was looking for him and said he had been missing since Aug. 2 at his residence.

Darling Jr. was reported missing by his father three days prior, on Oct. 7.

The article states that according to police officials at the time, Darling Jr. was known to disappear for “spells in the past, but he has always contacted [his family.”

In the subsequential days that followed, no other articles appeared in the paper about the hunters finding his body.

The New York State Police Troop G Major Crimes Unit and the BCI Unit at State Police Fonda have made a concentrated effort to solve this homicide and continue to ask for the public’s assistance.

If you have any information, please call (518) 661-5012.

By Josh Bovee

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