New leads on Red Cross murder after almost 30 years, say Ithaca police

An investigation opened last September into a nearly 30-year-old cold case has led to a likely suspect, according to the Ithaca Police Department. They have spent the last several months working with the Major Crimes unit of the New York State Police troop C.

David Malcom, killed in 1987. Photo provided by IPD.

David Malcom, killed in 1987. Photo provided by IPD.

It’s the 1987 homicide case of 26-year-old David Malcom, who was found in the American Red Cross Shelter on West Court Street. He had reported to work for a 24-hour shift, and police believe he was murdered on February 11, 1987.

Police say they reviewed the case with the NYSP Major Crimes Unit and with Tompkins County district attorney Gwen Wilkinson, and had help from both Cornell University and Tompkins Cortland Community College police departments in tracking down some witnesses, many of whom were college students in 1987. According to IPD, they pursued over 100 leads over the course of nine months, including interviewing witnesses in several states as far away as the west coast, with the help of “several police agencies outside Tompkins County.”

IPD says they have identified “a suspect who resides outside of the Tompkins County area,” but his name is not being released “as he has not been charged at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”

The Tompkins County chapter of the American Red Cross named one of their awards after their late staff member.

Police ask that anyone with information that might aid their investigation contact them through police administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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