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Police search for clues in Keeseville homicide

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Two questions remain unanswered in Keeseville -- who killed 45 year Robert Rennie and why.

"He was lying there for hours before they took him away, so it was kind of scary to see somebody who is dead lying there for hours," said Judy Feigenbaum, who lives just a few hundred feet from where a newspaper delivery driver found Rennie's body in front of the foot bridge on River Street, just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police say the man who worked numerous construction jobs to support his two young daughters after their mother died unexpectedly four years ago -- was murdered.

"I am not releasing the cause of death until the criminal investigation has been completed,"  said New York State Police Capt. Robert LaFountain.

Police would not comment whether they believe Robert Rennie was killed at the foot bridge or somewhere else. One piece of the investigation they are still trying to piece together -- how long his body was there. "We are looking for anyone who may have seen or had contact with him either on Saturday or into Sunday morning -- the early morning hours," Capt. LaFountain said.

On Monday, police closed Mill Hill, not far from where Rennie's body was found. Numerous evidence markers were on the ground. And for a second day police searched an apartment house near the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park. Police say they are searching numerous areas in Keeseville. "In an effort to locate evidence associated with the death of Robert Rennie," Capt. LaFountain added.

Investigators also confirmed the arrest of Rennie's neighbor, 39-year-old Paul Taylor, on an unrelated charge. Just hours after the murder, he was picked up for rape. Taylor was just released from prison in 2010 after serving 13 years for manslaughter, for helping to beat a man to death and dumping his body in the woods in Port Henry. Taylor reportedly tried to cover up the crime by placing a tree over the body to make it look like a tree fell on the victim. Police did not want to comment on any possible connection.

"We have a variety of leads we are investigating however I will not identify or discuss any suspects or potential suspects in this case at this time," Capt. LaFountain said.

"It's a very frightening feeling, not knowing who they suspect -- if they've gotten anybody," Judy Feigenbaum said.

A community on edge as they wait for answers on what happened to the single father of two young girls.

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