Police: Northern NY man died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma

Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 2:15 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 5:09 PM EDT
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KEESEVILLE, N.Y. (WCAX) - A suspicious death in Northern New York has been ruled a homicide.

New York State Police say an autopsy on Tuesday found Kenneth Darrah, 37, of Keeseville, died of stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

Police were called to the Ausable Chasm Bridge in Keeseville just after 2 a.m. Monday for a suspicious death. When they arrived, they found Darrah’s body on the north bank of the river.

Investigators were back at the scene along the banks of the Ausable River on Tuesday looking for clues.

The state police dive team was working at the bridge Tuesday, searching the water on the north side of the bridge for more evidence related to the killing.

While I was there, I was able to connect with two of Darrah’s friends visiting the site, looking for answers themselves.

Charles LaSalle of Plattsburgh told me he had known Darrah since he was little and was devastated to learn he was dead. He is asking for the person who killed Darrah to turn themself in.

“Nobody deserves this, nobody. I don’t care how mad you are at someone, nobody deserves this. So in God’s name, whoever done this, bring yourself to justice, that way the case is closed and he can rest,” LaSalle said. “I appreciate what they are doing, trying to figure out what happened to him. And I hope and pray they can find out what really took place. And, like I said, K.C., rest in peace bud. It’s been hard.”

LaSalle said he last spoke to Darrah last month to check in and make sure he was staying out of trouble.

“I just want justice for him, too,” said Jared Lucas of Plattsburgh. “He’ll be missed.”

The friends said they went to the scene Tuesday to see if they could learn anything themselves and to pay their respects.

State police say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police in Ray Brook at 518-873-2777.

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