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Kimberly Simon murder: Case old but far from cold

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - 23 years ago this fall, police found Kimberly Simon's body in a wooded area off an access road off Mohawk Street in Whitestown; the area hasn't changed much, but science has.

A five-person task force is working full time on Kimberly Simon's murder. Some of the investigators were right around Simon's age when this happened back in 1985.

Friday, the task force will sit down with original suspect Steven Barnes, who was freed from prison last week after spending 20 years behind bars. Ever since Barnes was freed last week, calls and e-mails have been pouring into the Oneida County District Attorney's office and task force tip line.

D.A. McNamara has never seen so many calls for a cold case. He says it's very encouraging, "I don't want to talk about any people in particular but I would say they're leading us to what I consider an area where I'm optimistic that we might be able to determine what happened to Kimberly and who's responsible for it."

Task force members ask you to call them with any information about this case, no matter how insignificant it might seem. The number is 798-5400.

Task force members may soon travel out of state to interview someone about this case. McNamara declined to say if it was a suspect, or simply a person with some information.

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